On Saturday April 22, the United States and 191 other countries will acknowledge and celebrate the 47th Earth Day! Earth Day is a day where individuals are encouraged to do something on their own or with a group to make the world a better place!
As Girl Scouts, we know that we do this every day!
If you’re looking for ways to specifically celebrate Earth Day 2017, we have four ideas for you to go above and beyond what you’re already doing!
- Electronic Recycling
Electronic waste is a growing concern in our country. Right now it represents 2% of America’s landfills but equals 70% of our overall toxic waste. On Earth Day, round up your households old electronics and take them to a recycling center! All Targets have permanent recycling stations for small electronics such as cell phones, mp3 players and ink cartridges. Goodwill accepts donated computers and their related devices (keyboards, scanners, mice, printers, monitors, etc.) and they partner with Dell’s Reconnect program. If you’re looking to recycle TV’s and larger appliances, Best Buys will take all kinds of used tech no matter where you bought it or how old it is!
Schedule a time to work with an organization that has an impact on the environment! Community Program Partner, After the Harvest is looking groups of Girl Scouts to glean (harvest) excess fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste from local farms and orchards! They then deliver the fresh, nutritious produce to food banks—like Harvesters—and food pantries to feed hungry families.
- Car-Less for a Day
In 2013, transportation contributed more than half of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons emitted into our air. Instead of taking the car to the neighborhood park, ride your bike or walk instead. Need to get to the store? Use your community’s public transit system!
- Use Your Voice
Is there an environmental issue that you particularly care about and want your government to pay attention to? Then take the time to write your elected official!
Dr. Seuss really said it best “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
How will you be acknowledging and celebrating Earth Day this year? Let us know in the comments below!