Earth Day: a party for our planet

EarthDay

Happy Earth Day!

Sure, every day should be Earth Day. We get that—but we also believe that a day set aside to think about what we’ve got (and how we might preserve it) can’t be wrong. Also, we’re all for a good excuse to throw back our favorite beverage and celebrate.

With that, here are a few ideas to help get this party started . . .

The guest of honor::Appreciate our planet

Let’s face it: life can get hectic; it’s easy to take our planet for granted. Today’s a good reminder to slow down and take in the sights—hike a trail, ride a bike, snap a few photos of the world around you—to spend time with the guest of honor, if you will. In doing so, you just might remember just how amazing Earth is, and why doing your part to keep her going is worth the effort.

Food::Think locally sourced

A party’s not a party without the food. When it comes time to purchase and prepare that food, consider the source. Specifically, think organic and locally produced food. Organic ensures you aren’t feeding loved ones a side of hormones and pesticides with your main dish. It should also be a sign of fair animal treatment. As for buying foods grown and distributed locally, that supports your local farmers and ranchers—helping them stay on and work the land.

Decorations::Plant something

You may not be able to change the entire world, but you can improve your corner of it. Earth Day is a great time to spiff up your patio, garden/yard, and neighborhood. Check the soil, pull some weeds, plant trees and shrubs, flowers and veggies. Too early to plant? No problem! Simply plan ahead—and don’t forget to plant a little something for our winged friends.

Gifts::Give the gift of green

What do you give someone who has everything? Well, a donation to a charity is a great option. There are several good Earth-friendly options–just don’t forget to look the organization up on the likes of Charity Navigator to make sure you’re making the best use of your funds. If you can’t afford to give money, consider giving of your time, taking part in a community garden, for example.

Party favors::Be energy efficient

Learning to be energy efficient is something each of us can call our own. It begins at home. You can start small, such as fitting all fixtures with LED light bulbs. When you’re ready to incorporate bigger changes, you can even make a game of it: the most energy efficient member of the family, for instance, or the one who finds the most creative approach to efficiency, wins a prize.

Cleanup::Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

When all is said and done, take care with what you throw out. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: you may be sick of hearing it, but it’s a good mantra to have.

In short, be mindful and do what you can—because this blue sphere we call home gives us so many reasons to celebrate!