Fifty years ago on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks, to celebrate the very first Earth Day! Today, streets and parks are empty as we practice social-distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Despite the limited access to the great outdoors, there are still many ways to celebrate this year’s Earth Day.
The Red & Black created a list of ways you can celebrate the holiday at home:
Spend time outdoors
While several parks throughout the state and country are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, one of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day to get some fresh air. Try soaking up some vitamin D by stepping into your backyard, opening up your windows or strolling through your neighborhood. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can camp out in your backyard for some extra outdoor time.
Start a home garden
The coronavirus outbreak has inspired a resurgence in “Victory Gardening,” according to CBS. Victory Gardening was a homefront craze during the World Wars, when Americans were encouraged to grow their own produce to supplement rations. Participating in the trend is a way to celebrate Earth Day. Order some seeds online and try sprouting them on your windowsill or in your backyard. If gardening isn’t your thing, support local plant nurseries by investing in some house plants. Some house plants like the spider plant, chrysanthemums or peace lilies, even have air cleaning properties.
Composting might sound intimidating to beginners, but it is easier than you might think. Composting is easy to do at home by collecting kitchen scraps in a trash can or cardboard box. Sometimes knowing what to compost can be confusing, especially with products labeled “compostable” that only break down in industrial facilities. You can compost fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, eggshells and some paper towels.
Try a nature-inspired DIY
Celebrate Earth Day by getting your creative juices flowing. Try making pinecone birdfeeders by smearing a pinecone or cardboard tube with peanut butter, rolling it in birdseed and stringing it outside with twine. If the bird feeders don’t interest you, but you still want to get crafty, you could turn to Pinterest for some upcycling inspiration. Upcycling is defined as to recycle in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item. Upcycling projects can be a great way to think creatively and save unwanted objects from the landfill.
Cook a plant-based meal
Plant-based diets not only offer health benefits, but they are also more sustainable than diets loaded with meat and dairy. “The production of animal products generates the majority of food-related greenhouse gas emissions (72–78% of total agricultural emissions),” according to a study in “Nature.” By simply adding just a few plant-based meals to your week, you can lower your carbon footprint.
Watch a nature documentary
Most streaming services offer an abundance of nature documentaries and series. Netflix boasts a wide collection of nature series, and Hulu has some suspenseful shows like “River Monsters” and “Shark Week” features. “Planet Earth” is a classic nature series, but if you want something more adventurous, check out mountain climbing documentaries “Free Solo” or “Meru.” You can also watch free virtual National Park tours, where park rangers lead you through five breathtaking parks in 360-degree video.