This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but with strict quarantine measures imposed in many cities and countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Earth Day Network won’t be holding in-person activities. However, this doesn’t mean Earth Day is cancelled this year because, for the first time in 50 years, Earth day is going digital! That’s right – you can still look forward to participating in earth-friendly and educational events from the comfort of your own home.
“Amid the recent outbreak, we encourage people to rise up but to do so safely and responsibly — in many cases, that means using our voices to drive action online rather than in person. Whether it be coronavirus or our global climate crisis, we cannot shut down. Instead, we must shift our energies and efforts to new ways to mobilize the world to action,” Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers said.
Since the theme for Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action, consider doing the following things to celebrate:
1. Join the first ever digital Earth Day celebration
Register for digital events at the Earth Day Live page and gather your friends and family online or in front of your computers once your selected program starts. Expect the following to participate too!
Check out the full scope of the Earth Day Network’s actions at earthday.org.
2. Use social media to encourage participation online
Earth Day events are all within reach this year since all events will be held online, so let all your friends and family know that they can now participate without even leaving their seats. Share Earth Day facts, tips, graphics, and events in the program and use the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE.
3. Choose reading over streaming
Many people may not be polluting the streets because of stay-at-home orders, but did you know that streaming also emits carbon? This is because the streamed content are stored in large data centers which use electricity and emit carbon emissions. However, reading actual paper books or ebooks stored in digital libraries or your local storage device don’t have this same effect.
4. Make homemade disinfectants
Needless to say, commercial disinfectants and pesticides may contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment – but you can always make your own without harmful ingredients.
“I have been making homemade disinfectant solutions, sprays and wipes using hydrogen peroxide and alcohol (just make sure your mix is 70% alcohol, and leave it to dry on its own). White vinegar and vodka are power cleaners, easily cutting through grease and removing mildew, odors, stains and wax buildup. For surfaces that need to be cleaned — but not sterile — lemons can also be used to clean non-porous surfaces,” Digital Media Manager Inma Galvez-Shorts shared with Earth Day Network.
5. Make the switch to green energy
Ask your utility provider for green energy solutions and renewables. They may charge a bit higher to allow the switch but you’ll save more money and help save the planet in the long run.
6. Switch to reusable items instead of using plastic
Stop using plastics because they end up as pollution and harm the environment. Consider alternatives instead.
7. Support the supporters
Consider supporting those who are already actively supporting Earth Day initiatives, like WeAre8 who is running a 24-hour feed of Earth Day content on its mobile app to help spread the message and unite people for the cause.
8. Regulate your consumption
Research from Friends of the Earth reveal that humans now consume 50% more compared to 30 years ago – but it has little to do with population growth. Many people nowadays overestimate their needs due to convenience so they also end up consuming excessively. By regulating your consumption and encouraging others to do the same, humanity can limit the stress on the environment.
9. Decrease your trash by composting
Regulating your consumption can also limit the waste that people and the environment have to deal with, but for an even greater environmental support, consider composting your biodegradable wastes. For those who don’t have time for composting, let technology help – there are now many gadgets and appliances that can do the work for you.
Your appliances and gadgets still consume electricity even if they’re turned off, which means you may not be actively using them, but your carbon footprint still continues to increase little by little. Consider unplugging gadgets and electricity when you leave the house or they’re not in use. Doing so would reduce your carbon footprint and even your electric bill.