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4 fun ways to celebrate Earth Day

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:03

There are a number of ways that people can celebrate Earth Day, which takes place April 22. Working in the garden or purchasing a new compost tumbler are perfect options, especially for homeowners with green thumbs.
While the day only comes once a year, people can participate in the following activities year-round to help reduce their overall environmental impact:
Spend the day outdoors

Instead of holing up indoors, consider spending the day outside to enjoy the sun's warm rays. Ditch the digital and find fun outdoor activities to stay entertained. Whether you're reading your favorite book underneath the shade of a tree or gathering your friends to have a picnic in the park, spring offers the ideal time during which individuals can revel in the environment. While Earth Hour may have taken place back in March, people can host their own time during which they refrain from using electronics, cutting not only their utility bills, but their impact on the world as well.
Participate in a community event

Several organizations from across the globe celebrate Earth Day by hosting community wide events that focus on educating the public about environmental initiatives. Companies host activities for a number of people in the area, ranging from volunteer opportunities to awareness campaigns. National Geographic reported that historically, millions of people participate in these initiatives each year, including companies, schools, nonprofits and clubs. Consider researching activities taking place within your region to discover how you can help others to improve the environment.
Create eco-friendly arts and crafts

Creative endeavors are no longer just for children, especially when it comes to Earth Day. While young children may have fun with eco-friendly activities such as creating animals from recycled materials, there are several ways that adults can adopt similar practices to reduce their environmental impact. Inhabitat recommends that people use this day to clear their closets, dividing clothing between frequently worn items and seldom used ones. Individuals can alter these unused items, fashioning new apparel or using the fabric for additional projects in the future.
Installing energy-efficient appliances

Spring is the perfect time for homeowners to splurge on their renovations. Investing in energy-efficient appliances is a great way for people to adopt new technologies that are likely to have a lasting impact. Installing radiant heat flooring, for example, can not only greatly reduce energy bills, but also reduce the number of pollutants in the air and overall carbon footprint from the home.