Earth Day Countdown: 7 days to a happier planet
Eco-Parenting,  Green Living

How to Count Down to Earth Day

Earth Day Countdown: 7 Days to a Happier Planet

Earth Day is April 22nd, but instead of acknowledging it only on that day, let’s do a 7-day countdown to Earth Day, focusing on one topic each day for 7 days!

If you have kids, this is a great way to get them involved with sustainability and conservation. It’s a learning experience for all!

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Day One: Conserve Water

With everything you do today, think about how you can conserve your water usage. Here are some examples.

  • When you wash the dishes, don’t let the water run, but instead fill the sink or a wash bin.
  • When doing your laundry, make sure you’re doing a full load so you’re not wasting water and energy.
  • When brushing your teeth or washing your hands, turn off the water in between use.
  • Make sure to fix any running toilets or small leaks promptly.
  • Water plants with rainwater or water from discarded water bottles. You can even use the shower or bath water when you’re waiting for it to warm up – just catch it with a bucket.
  • Use the water that you would normally discard from a water table or kiddie pool to water your garden.

Day Two: Save Energy

We use energy all day long without even thinking about it. Here are some ways we can reduce our energy usage around the house and in our daily lives, saving the earth and our wallets.

  • Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Even when appliances are not turned on they can still draw a small amount of energy if they are plugged in.
  • Switch out regular light bulbs to LED or energy-saving light bulbs.
  • Turn off lights when you exit a room and do not leave lights on overnight or when you are away from your home.

Day Three: Notice garbage & littering

The most frequently littered items are cigarette butts, fast food packaging, cans, plastic bottles, and plastic bags. On Day 3, notice the litter around you and do your part to pick it up.

  • Don’t litter! Garbage or recycling should always be disposed of properly.
  • Try to be more zero waste in your daily life by reducing your amount of garbage. Look for foods and products that have minimal and recyclable packaging before buying.
  • Pick up litter anytime you see it. Use daily walks to school or walking your dog to be productive and pick up litter.
  • Reduce food waste by meal planning, freezing extras, using kitchen scraps in your garden or compost, and saving leftovers for another meal.

Day Four: Recycle

There are so many things that we can recycle that we don’t even think about. On this day, think about the life cycle of everything you use. Ask yourself if it is recyclable or can be reused for different purposes.

  • Use empty paper egg cartons to plant seedlings. These are compostable and will decompose into the Earth once it has been planted.
  • Recycle empty glass bottles or glass jars to use for leftovers in your fridge or to freeze things in your freezer.
  • Use empty and clean milk cartons to make crafts like bird feeders (good for wildlife, too!).
  • Use empty containers of yogurt, sour cream, or hummus as holders for craft supplies or small items.
  • Always read labels to see if something is recyclable. Sometimes we don’t think it is, however, parts of the garbage can be.

For ways to pack a zero-waste lunch, click here!

Day Five: Reduce air pollution

Lots of air pollution comes from driving our cars. A great way to reduce air pollution is choosing to walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation. By doing this, we are reducing the number of greenhouse gases that are being let off into our atmosphere, and therefore reducing pollution.

  • Walk or bike to school.
  • Walk to a friend’s house instead of driving.
  • Walk to the grocery store when you only need a few items.
  • Walk to your local library and check out books on Earth Day, conservation, and sustainability!
  • Walk to the restaurant for dinner instead of driving. The walk after your meal will help you digest as well.

Day Six: Protect marine life

Our oceans are in great danger from the tons of garbage that enter them every year to the water quality and microplastics that are emitted into that water. On Day 6, make marine life your priority.

  • Snip your plastic rings from your soda or beer cans so they don’t get caught by wildlife.
  • Consider using wash bags when you do laundry to collect microplastics from your clothing so it doesn’t end up in the ocean, rivers, and streams.

For more eco-friendly laundry tips, check out this post.

  • Be cautious when disposing of certain things, like paint cans, as these can leak into the earth and contaminate water.
  • Reduce your waste as much as possible, especially plastic waste, as so much of this ends up in our oceans.

Day Seven: Plant native flowers and trees

Our ecosystem benefits every time we plant things native to our region. Plants and trees are responsible for giving shelter and food to birds and other wildlife. On Day 7, notice the wildlife around you. How can you contribute?

  • Look for drought-resistant flowers and plants when planning your garden. This way they will do well with rainfall and won’t need extra watering.
  • Plant wildflowers for the bees and butterflies. These provide pollen, nectar, and shelter. And they are beautiful!
How to count down to earth day: 7 days to a happier planet

Earth Day Countdown

Doing simple things every day helps make our planet a little better. Don’t underestimate the power of small actions. If everyone is doing these, they add up to big results!

Do you have anything you would add to our Earth Day countdown? Will you do it with me? I’ll be posting daily on my social media during the countdown so let me know in the comments and follow me on Instagram!

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