Earth Day is here! Have you thought about what you might do to celebrate this big blue and green marble we call home? Here are some ideas for my favorite earth-friendly activities that you can do with friends and/or family for a fun and green Earth Day!
April 10, 2013 - Largo, FL: A bee zeroes in on a blossom of the Buddha's Hand citrus plant in the Tropical Fruit Garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens. (Image: © Jim Damaske/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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#10: Go Meatless!
Jan. 15, 2013 - Tampa, FL: Crystal Peterson(cq), right, and Andrei Bolon(cq), center, take a break from their Natural Goodness stand to talk to Christa Leonard, left, about her fresh tomatoes and kale at the Twilight Market in Ybor City. The nighttime market will run every Tuesday, giving shoppers after-hours access to local produce, baked goods and handmade crafts. (Image: © Carolina Hidalgo/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Combine Meatless Monday with Earth Day for a healthy and environmental one-two punch!
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#9: Join a Park or Beach Cleanup
Saturday, February 16, 2013: The Surfrider Foundation Palm Beach County Chapter held a beach cleanup where members say cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps are the number one items they cleanup. (Image: © Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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#8: Plant a Tree
Apr. 22, 2010 - Putrajaya, Malaysia: People plant trees on the World Earth Day. Malaysia aims to reach 60 percent of forest cover up to 2014. (Image: © Xinhua/ZUMApress.com)
Visit the Arbor Day site for more info.
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#7: Network With Other Green Thinkers
A Green Drinks gathering in Tucson. Image: Kretyen via Flickr
Check out a Green Drinks event in your area.
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#6: Get Kids Involved
April 18, 2013 - Memphis, TN: Campus School 2nd graders Hedwig Dodds, left, Amaria Anderson, Sofia Amis and Willow Mullins catch a stray butterfly during the University of Memphis Earth Day Event. Students released some 150 butterflies in the garden. (Image: © Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal/ZUMAPRESS.com)
If you have kids, print out a calendar and draw a green star for each day that you do an activity that helps the earth!
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#5: Let Your Garden Grow
Image: Parvin via Flickr
April is the perfect month to get your green thumb dirty. Spend time planting in your garden; or if you don't have one, start one or consider signing up for a community garden if you don't have space of your own. While you're at it, start a compost pile, too!
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#4: Turn Trash Into Treasure
Image: Stacie Stacie Stacie via Flickr
Refurbish an old sofa, chair, or even a garment. Get crafty, and creative and you just might produce a work of art.
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#3: Park Your Car
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Spend the day walking or biking to the places you need to go. If you're heading somewhere that's a bit far, try public transportation.
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#2: Green Spring Clean
Apr 04, 2009 - Bridge City, LA: Volunteers from Xavier University replace incandescent light bulbs in a home with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Here, Aaron Hunt, 20, installs a bulb while the homeowner watches. (Image: © Jim West/ZUMA Press)
Swap your energy-sucking lightbulbs for energy-efficient CFL's; clean your house with eco-alternative products, and upcycle and or donate unwanted clothing and household items. Get creative!
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#1: Celebrate the Day!
July 5, 2012 - Fresno, CA: Trihelle Suntrapak enjoys the blueberry pie from Summertime Pies, during Manchester Mall's Farmers Market, Friday afternoon. New food trucks are popping up, reflecting Fresno's growing food culture. (Image: © The Fresno Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Cook up a local, organic meal and serve up some organic cocktails! Toast mother earth, and yourself too!
I hope some of these ideas spark your imagination! Happy Earth Day!
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