When we spent our Earth Hour enjoying homemade cake and local wine by candlelight with friends, we began to imagine what an entire day especially devoted to the Earth would be like. Earth Day is almost here (it's next Wednesday!), so whether your area has an Earth-related party or not, here are five ways you can spend the day...
• Unplug your appliances: Turn off all the electronics (except for the fridge, of course) and live electricity-free for the day. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors; ride your bike to the park, walk to the farmer's market, spend time with the dog... and live life unplugged for 24 hours (or as long as you can stand it).
• Green Your House: if you've had a green project on the brain for a while, take time next Wednesday to do it. Want to install a rain barrel? How about starting your square-foot garden? Or finally take the leap and begin your vermicomposting bin? All are great Earth Day projects. Involve your family and friends, and the work will fly by.
• Practice for Buy Nothing Day. Skipping out on consumerism is a great way to show the Earth you care. Don't forego the food, of course, but if you need to buy something be sure it's made close to you and as sustainable as possible.
• Eat local on Earth Day: along those same lines, farmers' markets are gearing up with fresh spring produce, so try some new veggies and enjoy the fruits of your area.
• Be an Outspoken Earth Advocate: Earth Day is a great excuse to tell people how important it is to make decisions that benefit the environment and encourage your friends, family, or coworkers who might be oh-so-close to making a big green jump in their lives. Make a call to your legislators and ask them to push the green agenda.
Remember: every green move you make counts, no matter how big or how small.
For more info about Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network.
Photo by flaivoloka via sxc.hu.