Spring is in full bloom, and it seems as though every corner of nature is teeming with life. New flowers are peaking out of their buds to paint the greenery with bright and vivid colors, little ducklings waddle clumsily behind their mothers, and every plant seems to be stretching with all its might towards the sun’s perpetual rays. It only seems right that we celebrate this gorgeous world we live in during this season.
As Earth Day approaches, we have US Senator Gaylord Nelson to thank. On April 22nd, 1970, he launched the very first Earth Day in the United States. He was later awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom to recognize his work for turning the country towards taking care of this amazing planet we live in. Today, over 193 countries recognize and celebrate Earth Day. It seems that no matter our varying differences, celebrating and preserving Earth is something we all can agree upon.
As this awesome opportunity approaches how will you celebrate Earth Day? We’ve put together a list of some ideas to give you some inspiration.
1. Go on a hike.
It doesn’t matter if you live in a big city, the suburbs, or out in the country. Get outside and explore. There’s something to be said about the sense of peace you can receive by simply putting away your everyday distractions and connecting with the world around you. You just might be surprised at what you find.
2. Literally, hug a tree (or plant one).
When it comes to stereotypes, we think this is one we should all embrace! Take a second out of your day to give nature a little squeeze. If you’re up for more of a challenge, help create a new life and plant a tree in your yard.
3. Take a dip in the ocean.
All throughout history, it seems mankind has been infatuated with the vastness and the beauty of the ocean. With over 95% of the ocean yet to be discovered, the ocean stands as an entirely new world of possibility. Step out of your everyday routine, and dip your toe into these waters.
4. Volunteer to help clean up your community.
As much as we all try to preserve the world we live in, some still fail to tidy up after themselves. Litter left behind can endanger wildlife, pollute our natural resources, and clutter up otherwise beautiful areas. Help fight this epidemic and volunteer to pick up litter in your community.
5. Have a picnic.
When was the last time you packed up some PB&J’s and headed to the park for a good, old-fashioned picnic? Sometimes the simplest things can be the best. Sit outside and just take in the beauty around you.
6. Give back to the earth.
Make a change not only for Earth Day but every day. Begin engraining new habits in your life that will make a difference. Start recycling regularly, find new and resourceful ways to reuse products, compost for your garden, or even just start carpooling or using public transit. Alone, these actions may seem small, but they add up over time and with each person who commits to them.