Earth day is approaching this Sunday, April 22nd and I intend to actually celebrate it this year.
Growing up I hadn't paid much attention to the environment or really think about Earth Day at all. However this journey of conscious and sustainable living has made me truly appreciate this intricate ball of dust we are all on.
Especially after reading The History of Earth Day, I want to take the time to acknowledge the efforts of those who wanted people like me to recognize the worth of this rare, life-giving planet and to learn to value it as such.
Here are a few fun ways that you can celebrate the planet this Earth Day:
1. Watch Planet Earth ll
I had to make this the first suggestion because I cannot stop watching this series.
If you've seen and loved the first Planet Earth series, this second series will blow you away. I'm completely left in awe at the end of each episode of all the complex beings and ecosystems that exist.
Luckily the entire series is available on Netflix. But if you would rather not be locked up in your room (which I probably should do), I'd recommend...
2. Spend Time Outside
This seems pretty obvious, but honestly I have a difficult time making myself go outside to explore and enjoy nature.
Whether it's going to your local park, beach, lake, forest, dirt patch etc. , find something about the environment to be fascinated about. It's surprising how many details and phenomenons we overlook throughout our day.
Allow yourself to become conscious and grateful for the planet you are on.
3. Attend Local Earth Day Events
I believe that Earth Day not only recognizes nature, animals, insects, etc., but also human beings! Local events are an amazing opportunity to engage with your community. The best part is that most events don't only occur the day of Earth Day, but throughout the month.
I know that cities like San Diego are throwing on multiple events this month. Just do a quick google search and I'm sure you will find many events that are going on.
4. Take the Ecological Footprint Calculator Quiz
This is a fun quiz to find out how many planets it would take to support your current lifestyle.
It may seem a bit pessimistic, but the calculator is beautifully designed and encourages you to lessen your impact on the planet.
When I first took this quiz a little over 6 months ago, I found out it would take 3 1/2 earths to support my lifestyle. But since then I was encouraged to try to lessen that, and the next time I took it I only need 2 earths!
If you feel like your ecological footprint was too high...
5. Try New Sustainable Habits
It's never too late to begin a new habit, why not start living more sustainably on Earth Day?
Small changes in habits, can create large impacts. It's never too late to start, but it will only happen if you try.
If you need inspiration of something new to try check out my conscious lifestyle goals post where I go over habits I'm trying this year.
These are just a few ways to commerate Earth Day. But I want to point out that you can celebrate Earth Day today, the entire month, the entire year etc. Don't let your wonder and appreciation of this wold end today. :-)
Happy Earth Day!
What ways will you celebrate Earth Day?
Let me know!