Earth Day is a worldwide event celebrated annually on April 22nd to support the environmental issues. The first Earth Day was organized in the US in 1970, and now it is coordinated by the Earth Day Network, which has over 22,000 partner organizations in 192 countries. It is estimated that over a billion people participate each year. Show your support of green apartment living by helping to keep this movement alive by planning local activities to build awareness during Earth Day (and then expand it to an entire Earth Week celebration).
Here are some ideas to get you started on your own Earth Day celebration:
- Organize a cleanup - Pick a roadway, park, schoolyard, or another blight on your neighborhood. Start with a cleanup and then add flowers or other plantings to beautify the neighborhood.
- Start a community garden – Gardens are a great way for multiple generations to work together and have fun. You can plant herbs, peppers, beans, tomatoes, or whatever strikes your tastes. Then enjoy watching it grow.
- Recycle your e-waste – Everyone has old electronic equipment that they need to throw away, but a lot it is harmful to our environment. Organize a collection of those old TV’s, computers, cell phones, or anything with a cord. Have a local electronics recycler in your area help you dispose of these items properly.
- Join a Freecycle – The Freecycle Network is a grassroots movement to reuse perfectly good items that are now thrown away and ending up in a landfill. There are thousands of local groups across the country where people are helping people and “changing the world one gift at a time.”
The list could go on and on, and you are only limited by your imagination. The Earth Day Network has a number of other activities and actions you can take, including some to help you become more environmentally friendly in your personal life
Please take action to help us pass on a clean and healthy environment to future generations. Share with us your thoughts and ideas and most importantly your presence at an Earth Day event this year.