5 Ways to Take Action this Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day today and everyday by doing what you can to make a positive impact on the environment. With Earth Day coming up in just a couple of days, it's time to really get out there and make a difference. If you're looking for a few ways to spend Earth Day, I've got 5 for you (and you can even get the kids or grandkids involved too).

1. Plant a Tree

Planting a tree may not seem like much help, but planting just one tree can "provide a day's supply of oxygen for up to four people" (USDA). Imagine if everyone planted just one tree. It would make an exponential impact on climate change.

2. Get Involved in A Community Garden

    Look around your area and see if there's a community garden nearby. A lot of cities actually have them that the entire community can tend to and benefit from. If you don't have one, find a local spot that might allow you to start one, or plant your own garden in your backyard.

    Community gardens help reduce greenhouse gases, improve the environment of an area by providing habitats for animals, promote healthy eating, and encourage and strengthen community bonds. It's also a great way to show your kids or grandkids how to sustainably grow their own food and benefit from it too!

    3. Create A Compost Bin

      Compost bins are structures designed to help the natural decomposition process and help keep trash out of landfills. They can be really beneficial for your landscape or garden.

      You don’t need a fancy compost bin made by hand. You can start by using a plastic tote or a bucket that has a sealable top. Toss in your banana peels, apple cores, and other food waste into your bin so you can develop your own nutrient-filled soil that can be used for gardening!

      You can learn more about composting here.

      4. Don’t Litter

        Litter can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria and pollute the soil, water, and air. It can be detrimental, not only to us, but also to the animals that live in and around the area.

        When you litter, you're endangering the environment, the wildlife, and the economy. Make sure to pick up after yourself.

        5. Volunteer

          Find an opportunity to volunteer. It could be picking up litter on the side of the road, removing trash from a nearby waterway, or planting trees at a park. No matter how small you think your effort is, it truly does help.

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