Countries around the world are enforcing strict stay home policies to help flatten the curve during the pandemic, but that does not mean we can not celebrate Earth Month, and more specifically Earth Day that’s coming up! Here are five ways to participate while staying safe at home:
Get inspired by participating in virtual convenings during Earth Month.
Many organizations, coalitions, and movements are not missing a beat when it comes to Earth Month, and harnessing the power of technology to mobilize and connect with climate and environmental activists and advocates around the globe.
If there is one positive thing to come out of the pandemic, I think it is the fact that local events are now accessible anyone with an internet connection, and geography no longer poses as a barrier. Here are five events you can tune in to:
Get connected to the Earth and grow something of your own.
If you’re like most people who are staying home during what feels like a global quarantine, you might be feeling anxious, bored, scared, antsy, or all of the above. You might have also heard that growing something of your own or raising plants can have benefits, especially when it comes to your mental health. You don’t need to have a yard in order to grow something – your windowsill works great, and so does any other part of your home (as long as you provide a grow light for your plant).
Practice your climate and environmental activism.
Is there a specific environmental issue that you are eager to advocate for, but don’t know how? Make your voice heard by signing petitions, participating in a town hall to raise issues, reaching out to your elected officials, and more! Here are some suggestions for those in NYC:
- Virtual Town Hall with NYC Comptroller Stringer and NYS Senator Biaggi
Date & Time: Thursday, April 23 at 7pm EST
- Sign this petition to keep NYC composting programs running and contact Mayor de Blasio to let him know that composting is essential to the city
- Show your support for legislation that benefits the environment, such as Assembly Bill A8722 which requires food service establishments to permit the use of reusable beverage and food containers provided by customers, especially when things get back to normal!
Pick one habit or item you want to swap for a more sustainable one for 31 days.
There are various articles that tell you how many days it takes to form a new habit, but I think there is no tried and true number. Since May is just around the corner, I challenge you to take one habit or item that might not be the most eco-friendly, and swap it for a more sustainable option, just for 31 days. See if you can do it for 31 days straight, and when May is over, see if you can continue that habit or using that swapped item. Here are some suggested swaps:
- Swap single-use plastic bottles for a reusable water bottle
- Instead of leaving the faucet running while you soap your hands or brush your teeth, turn it off until you are ready to rinse
- Swap cotton swabs (Q-tips) for a reusable ear pick
- When you buy takeout, remember to say “no utensils or sauce packets, please” – you are eating at home where you have your reusable forks and spoons and bottles of sauces!
Connect with other eco warriors!
It has been wonderful meeting sustainability champs with the power of social media. I have been sharing a series of “back-to-basics” sustainability tips and tricks during Earth Month (search #AHBEarthMonth on Instagram) on my IG and enjoy learning and sharing with such a great community.
Feeling inspired yet? Now go ahead and celebrate Earth Month!