6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home
Earth Day was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to bring awareness to environmental issues on the table. In December 1970, Congress created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to oversee environmental issues and regulations. Prior to 1970, there was no EPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, nor Endangered Species Act.
More than 1 billion people in 192 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, making it the largest holiday in the world. Celebrate Earth Day with these ideas:
- Plant a garden. It’s also the perfect time to plant that garden you’ve always wanted. Add a burst of color to your property with a row of flowers, try your hand at planting a vegetable garden or plant a tree!
- Join a clean-up in your city! Help pick up trash and litter in neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks.
- Learn about recycling. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by learning about local recycling rules and refreshing your knowledge about what happens to the things we recycle.
- Learn about the plants in your neighborhood. Bring your daily walk around the neighborhood up a notch on Earth Day by looking out for plants in your area. You can use the Native Plant Finder website to find out which plants are native to your ZIP code. See how many of these plants you can find on your walk!
- Watch a documentary about our planet. Celebrate Earth Day by watching a fascinating documentary about the Earth. Check out free nature documentaries on Waterbear.com or use your library card on Kanopy or Hoopla. Watch “Our Planet” on Netflix, a docuseries narrated by David Attenborough featuring beautiful footage from around the world.
- Check out Earthfest by The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. There are a selection of family friendly activities and videos celebrating Earth Day.
Visit EarthDay.org, a non-profit created out of the very first Earth Day in 1970 to drive positive change for our planet, for more actions you can take on Earth Day.