Earth Day is a holiday that happens every year on April 22nd. It first began in the United States in 1970 and within 20 years it was being celebrated annually in over 140 countries across the globe. It’s a time to raise awareness for this beautiful home we share called Earth (or Gaia) and give some love, care, and attention to our planet.
Here are some simple and fun ways to honor Mother Gaia for Earth Day 2021:
Plant a tree or garden
Growing your own food is a great way to be sustainable, so try planting a small garden. Choose a few of your favorite fruits or veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, or strawberries and watch them grow over the spring and summer! If gardening isn’t for you, you can plant a new tree in your yard, which will bring fresh oxygen, shade, and perhaps a new home for animals.
Learn more about your native plants
Discover the native plants and butterflies in your area on Native Plant Finder. Make it a fun game by taking a walk in your neighborhood or a local park to see how many native species you can identify.
Shop local or sustainable brands
Give to the businesses that you care about! Support locals by heading to the farmer’s market for your weekly groceries, eating at local restaurants, and browsing through a local boutique. Shop sustainable and ethical non-local brands such as TOMS or Buddha Pants, where we manufacture locally in Miami and at a small factory in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Check out this list of sustainable and ethical clothing brands that has got you covered for any type of clothing you desire.
Start planning your next trip based on ecotourism
Ecotourism is a great way to explore natural environments without damaging or disturbing habitats and also preserving and empowering local communities. Destinations such as the Galapagos, Costa Rica, Iceland, and New Zealand are filled with ecotourism offerings like resorts with organic local food and sustainable excursions.
Ride your bike
Is there anywhere you can ride your bike to rather than driving this week? Riding your bike not only helps reduce emissions, but is also fun and a great way to get some fresh air and exercise. If not, try going for a bike ride around the neighborhood to enjoy the scenery.