Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April. Worldwide, more than 170 countries will host rallies, outdoor events and conferences to get the green message out.
The very first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, following the devastating 1969 oil spill in California. It was hoped that the day would inspire people to learn more about the environment and it worked brilliantly.
In 1970, Earth Day was limited to the USA, but a team of dedicated people behind it was able to inspire around 20 million people to get involved in protests, rallies and discussions.
There’s not a lot of activity around Earth Day in South Africa, but that doesn’t mean you can’t partake. Try any of these five activities to get you in a green mood.
It doesn’t contribute to Earth Day in any way, but any hike in nature serves as a reminder of why taking care of the planet is so important. Try and learn something while you’re out there, or take the kids along and teach them something about local plants and wildlife.
2. Plant a tree
The age old celebratory method, which is still as important today as it ever was. Planting a tree may seem like a cliche, but that’s only because it works. It’s also a great way to get the family together for some outdoor exercise.
3. Start Recycling
You’d be surprised how much difference one single household can make by recycling what can be recycled and only tossing that which is beyond saving.
Before long, you’ll be a smart shopper and only buying products with packaging that can be recycled.
4. Start a compost heap/garden
Yet another activity that sounds much harder than it is. Select a small area in your garden (preferably as far away from the house as possible) and start a compost heap. All you need is a recycling bucket in which you can transfer egg shells, fuit/vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea bags, grass clippings and leaves.
You can technically also throw leftover meat, pasta and bread on the heap, but that will attract all kinds of pests. To do it safely, stick to the stuff mentioned above.
If compost doesn’t seem all that romantic, try a small vegetable garden. The easiest vegetables to start off with are lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and carrots.
5. Quiz night
Set up a collection of questions around the topic of Earth Day and watch your friends struggle to find the answer.
Make sure you have the right answers, however, as well as some additional facts or reading material. A quiz is a great way to learn new things and get people talking, which, once again, is what Earth Day is all about.