Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Since the holiday falls on the 22nd, here are 22 ways you and your family can celebrate Earth Day and do something good for the environment.
Things You Can Do With Your Kids
- Attend Earth Day Celebration at the Chapin Branch Library from 4-5 p.m. on April 22 and learn more about protecting our Earth and oceans. Enjoy a fun craft and take pictures with a live mermaid! Open to children of all ages.
- Make a bird feeder out of recycled materials. You can use plastic bottles, oranges, empty cartons or even toilet paper rolls.
- Teach your kids to recycle and explain how it helps our environment. Show them how to sort trash and the different recyclable items.
- Plant a tree. Your kids will enjoy watching it grow.
- Cook a special earth day meal. Check out Soda City Market on Saturday morning to get locally grown fruits and vegetables. Buying local food reduces the distance from farm to fork. Local grown doesn’t require as much gas to arrive to the store and is more environmentally friendly. You are also helping out our local farmers.
- If you have a preschooler, let them decorate a reusable tote.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Look for different outdoor items. While you complete you hunt, pick up any litter you find.
- Read or watch The Lorax with your kids
- Use a large barrel or bucket to collect and recycle rain water to use in your garden.
- Pick local fruit with your kids. Cottle Strawberry Farm is open for the season.
- Online printables can teach your kids about environment conservation (you may even learn a thing or two!)
- Tour Little Known Local Gardens. Carolina Children’s Garden – This area is a two-acre garden located on the Clemson University/Sandhills campus. The garden has twelve themed gardens where children explore, play, and learn in a natural environment of birds and butterflies along with storybook characters like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit.
- Hit the Park. Columbia boasts many local parks, including a State Park and even a National Park! Have you heard of geocaching? So much to do…
Things You Can Do At Home And The Office
- Clean out your closet and donate to a charity. Not only will you declutter and help others in need, but also manufacturing new clothing requires both energy and water. Or, have a clothing swap with friends!
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy. Bonus: you’re getting exercise!
- Walk, ride, bike or carpool
- Switch your bills to paperless to save trees. You will also reduce the fuel it takes to deliver your bills through the mail.
- Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden and turn waste into fertilizer.
- Stop (or try to reduce) using disposable plastic, such as water bottles, bags and straws. Bring reusable bags when you shop. Pack your lunch in reusable bags as well.
- Set your printer to two-sided copies and make sure you are using 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in your home. Not only will you feel better, you’ll be doing your part to protect our environment
- Start a garden. It’s especially helpful if you use plants that deter mosquitoes and attract endangered bees (unless you’re allergic)! Did you know that you can even plant gardens in apartments and window sills?