As outdoor-enthusiasts, athletes, and adventurers, we’re pretty big fans of Earth. April 22nd, 2022 marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day, a day where we celebrate the Earth and take steps to make positive impacts on our planet. Here are 7 ways you can get active this Earth Day.
1. Visit a national park
Earth Day happens to fall on the same week as National Park Week (April 16th - April 24th). On April 16th, all entrance fees are waived into the United State’s National Parks. No better time to get out there and explore some incredible parks across the country. To learn more about National Park Week, visit National Park Service's website.
2. Pick up some trash on your local trails
It’s time to help out Mother Earth with some spring cleaning. Go on a walk, run, or hike, and grab a trash bag to pick up any trash you find on the way. This not only helps trails and streams look better, but it helps ecosystems continue to grow and thrive. Sign up for a clean-up event near you or start your own!
3. Start composting
Composting is a simple, free way to reduce your carbon footprint. According to the EPA, Americans throw out more than 25% of the food we prepare and our country spends approximately $1 billion each year disposing of it. By composting, you can help save the amount of food being put into landfills and reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted.
4. Eat plant-based foods for the day
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, animal agriculture accounts for at least 15 percent of global human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, much of which is due to land use, deforestation and natural resource depletion. Plant-based diets help reduce stress on the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Try it for a day!
5. Watch a documentary
Spend some time diving into documentaries that’ll inspire, educate, and maybe even activate you. Here are a few of our favorites:
Planting a tree is an awesome way to celebrate Earth Day. Trees help produce oxygen and filter out pollutants. If you don’t have a yard you can plant a tree in, consider volunteering for an organization who does or donating to a charity like The Canopy Project that plants trees across the globe.
7. Opt for your bike or public transportation for the day
Take Earth Day as an opportunity to ditch the car and ride your bike or public transportation to your job, the store, or your friend’s house. Cars contribute to the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide. Opt for a day without your car and enjoy the benefits of biking or public transportation.
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -- Native American Proverb
We had the chance to sit down with Eric Hill, founder and president ofProject Echelon, a 501c3 veterans non-profit that engages, equips, educates, and empowers veterans and their families through physical activity and self-discovery.
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