Happy Earth Month friends! We're sharing 25 sustainable actions that we can all take to celebrate and protect this wonderful place we call home.
1. Start a reusables kit! Simply grab a reusable bag, dish towel, silverware, and mason jar. Wrap the dish towel around the silverware, place inside the mason jar without lid, and carry with you in your reusable bag! You'll avoid single use items in most scenarios.
2. Write to your city or landlord about recycling or compost. If your city doesn't offer curbside compost pickup, write to your mayor or sustainability official to request this service. If your city offers this service but your building does not have bin, write to your landlord to request a bin. Here's more information about food waste to add to your email!
3. Visit a garden or park in your area. Self explanatory. Enjoy!
4. Meal prep for the week. This is overlooked, but can help you cut down on food waste drastically!
5. Mend an item. We all have that jacket with a loose button, or the jeans fraying in the crotch. Today is the day we're going to finally mend those things!
6. Follow climate creators on social media. These accounts will help keep you up to date on climate science, news, and discoveries.
1. Look up recycling guidelines for your city. You may think you know what's recyclable and what's not. But the truth is, it depends very heavily on what your city offers! Check your city's waste disposal website, and maybe even print out a graphic to post above your trash can!
2. Pick up trash in the neighborhood. Gloves on, let's go!
3. Make a vegan meal! You don't have to go fully vegan to reap the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Test out one meal and see what you think! Here's a list of vegan bloggers to help you find a recipe!
4. Learn about climate justice. Climate change disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color. A true environmentalist needs to know how these dynamics work!
5. Look up secondhand stores near you. Shopping secondhand will be a whole lot easier if you know where to go!
6. Write to a business about their sustainability practices. You may have noticed certain companies doing a lot for the environment (think recyclable shipping materials, fair labor practices, and more!) - send an email to congratulate them! And if you notice room for improvement with other companies, gently let them know what you'd like to see.
1. Read a book or listen to a podcast on climate. How to Save a Planet is a favorite.
3. Go on a long hike or walk. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature! We've got to be connected to our environment in order to center ourselves and remember what we're working to protect.
4. Save your leftovers. Food waste is a leading cause of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
5. Donate to a climate organization. Set up a recurring monthly donation if you can! Some of our favorite orgs can be found here.
6. Start a purchase wish list. I recommend keeping this digitally so you have it on hand. Whenever you see an item that you want to purchase (necessities aside), write it down on this list. Give yourself a waiting period (I like 30 days). If you still want the item, go ahead a purchase! This helps to avoid impulse buying and slows consumption.
1. Write a poem, song, or story about Earth. This may seem childish, but I dare you to try it! Allowing our creativity and child-like wonder to flow is a great way to get in touch with our identity as a part of nature, not apart from it!
2. Shop at a farmers market. There are so many things to love about a farmers market - including buying local, in-season produce and connecting with those who grow our food!
3. Do a DIY with things you already have. Here are some fun ideas!
4. Look up Project Drawdown and explore climate solutions. Are there any you find particularly exciting?
5. Volunteer with a local organization.
6. Buy in bulk. This can mean visiting your local refill shop or a grocery store that offers dry goods in bulk!
7. Rest and reset! We've got a long road ahead and burnout is a real threat. Take time to do things that give you the energy you'll need to keep fighting for change!