With the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this month, we aredisappointed that opportunities to celebrate together have been canceled. While those events would have been fun, the best way to honor Earth Day is to make changes, take action, and increase awareness! Green Energy Ohio has put together the following list of 50 ways to honor Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary. We’ve included ways to celebrate right from your home, with digital experiences and activities that keep social distancing in mind – but some may have to wait until our activities return to normal. Some require making purchases or calling on experts; others just require your time and commitment. All of them will improve your quality of life while, at the same time, preserving the health of the planet. Set a goal to accomplish as many as possible before Earth Day 2021!
3. Enroll in AEP Energy’s ECO-Advantage® program to source your electricity from wind, protect your home from rising energy costs, and support renewable energy resources. Mention GEO when signing up and AEP Energy will donate $30 to GEO’s programs!
9. Find out what your Ohio city is doing to institute sustainable practices and fight climate change.
10. Talk about climate change! Studies show that your friends and family are much more likely to listen to you on the issue than they are a voice on television. Become a trusted source of information and keep the conversation going.
12. Sign up for the Youth Climate Strike Earth Day Live online event. From April 22-24, the youth-led 72-hour live stream and online mobilization will aim to engage people around the world in collective action to protect our climate and communities.
13. Participate in the Solve Climate by 2030 Power Dialogue on April 7 sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and hosted by the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. With expert panelists and breakout discussion sessions, the webinar is aimed at finding three ambitious but feasible actions for Ohio to accomplish, if we really aim to solve climate change by 2030.
14. Join the national Earth Day Coalition’s Earthrise: Earth Day Goes Digital, filling the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.
15. Register for the Smithsonian Conservation CommonsEarth Optimism 2020 Summit. We need to be optimistic more than ever, and the set of distinguished speakers assembled for the Summit will provide information and inspiration.
Ditch and Switch
16. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
17. Use rechargeable batteries – to reduce the amount of batteries you purchase and discard.
35. Pick up litter in your local green spaces! Create an online competition with friends by picking up your local green spaces, whoever collects the most waste wins! Share your “hauls” online to inspire others!
41. Opt for a natural landscape that doesn’t require the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
Reduce and Reuse
42. Take shorter showers! The duration of the shower has a direct effect on water usage. Time yourself and set goals for reducing your shower time.
43. Turn the faucet off! Though we may be washing our hands more now than ever, it is no excuse to leave the water running. You can save several gallons a day by shutting the water off while you scrub your hands.