10 Ways You Can Take Action on Earth Day

Earth Day is a time for our world to reflect on what they’re doing to impact our environment and make a change.  These changes though don’t have to be huge, the smallest efforts make a huge impact.  Whether you want to make a huge change this year or start small, here are a few ways you can take action on Earth Day and support our environment. 

1. Plant a tree

According to Earth Day Network, deforestation contributes to species extinction, poverty and is responsible for up to 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Planting a tree or donating to plant a tree can make a huge difference.

2. Participate in the March for Science

The March for Science will take place on April 22 in Washington, DC, along with 514 satellite marches across the United States. This march aims to bring together advocates for science who believe that it plays a vital role in health, safety, economies and governments.

3. Eat less meat

According to Earth Day Network, the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. By reducing your meat intake, you can helo decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Stop using disposable plastic

According, to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Instead of using a disposable plastic water bottle, trade it out for a reusable water bottle. If you're an avid coffee or tea lover, think about using a tumbler or travel mug.

5. Reduce your carbon footprint

Many of our daily activities such as driving a car or using electricity contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling, using a bike, and turning off the heater when you aren't using it.

6. Participate in a beach sweep

If you live near a coast, you know you take every chance you can to visit the beach.  This time instead of soaking up the rays, take some time and clean up the place you love so much.  It doesn’t take long and it’s a great way to ensure trash doesn’t end up in our oceans.

7. Eat sustainable seafood

Choosing fish that is caught in-season ensures that the fish will be there year after year.  Although this means you might have to change up which fish you feast on during the year, it allows you to try different types of fish that are local to your area.  Unlike farmed fish, sustainable seafood is “free range” and doesn’t have the chance of being polluted from unfiltered pond water.

8. Call or write to your state representatives ​

Take the time to call or write your state representatives, governors, senators and local officials so that they know their constituents care about the environment and want them to too.  Let them know how they can ensure that our planet thrives and our local environments can push through our current state of climate change.  For a complete list of elected officials for each state visit the website of the Official Guide to Government Information and Services.

9. Visit a local farmer’s market 

Not only does this support local farmers and merchants, but it means you’re eating food grown in your area.  It’s fresh, good for you and ensures that the agriculture in your area stays strong–helping to reduce emissions in your area from produce and goods not being imported or shipped in. 

10. Have a conversation about the environment

If you can’t physically do something on Earth Day, you can at least have a conversation about climate change, emissions and the state of our environment.  

Change doesn’t have to be big, but it can start with you and your voice.  Share it and let it be known.