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April ain’t no month to be actin a fool…it’s EARTH MONTH!
As a planet Earth lovahhh, I am super excited that April is right around the corner. What better way to show some love for our beautiful and magical home then by participating in an Earth Month Challenge. I feel like when we were kids, we did all sorts of activities to promote a healthy planet and clean lifestyle. As we’ve gotten older, those activities have decreased tremendously in our lives… and that’s completely bogus!
I wanted to share with y’all this [super sweet, but I’m biased because I totally made it] 30-day Earth Month Challenge, where we all can encourage ourselves, friends, and families to take small initiatives to better our planet. Keep reading to find learn about my April 2018 – Earth Month Challenge, and how you and your #squad can get involved.
April 2018 – Earth Month Challenge Ideas:
1. Calculate your Carbon Footprint.
What is your carbon footprint? It is the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions equivalent that your person generates both directly and indirectly. When you calculate your carbon footprint, you evaluate just how much CO2 emissions you’re contributing to the climate. Whether it be by your apartment, travel, food and more, you can learn about your own personal impact on the climate.
Calculate your carbon footprint using The Nature Conservancy calculator.
2. Don’t Use Straws for a Month.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the video of the people trying to pull the straw from that turtle’s nose, but I can’t watch it all the way through because it’s so sad and super uncomfortable. Stopping the use of straws for a month is a small but mighty step in keeping the oceans clear of waste, and might save you a few bucks at the grocery store.
3. Pledge to go Paperless.
Everything’s electronic now anyway, lol. Pledge to not use paper, or at least be mindful of how many paper products you use on a daily basis. If you have the option, try using a paper product with recycled content.
4. Run an Earth Day 5K.
5. Plant a Tree/Wildflowers.
#FTB (for the bees!). Honeybees are the cute little bees you just gotta love because they are the reason we are alive on this planet. When we plant wildflowers, we give them plant biodiversity, and the pollen needed to stay alive and keep doin’ their bee thanggg.
This is a good infographic I found on the internet regarding a bee’s bro status. Know your bees people, and love the BROS!
6. Learn How to Properly Recycle.
Recycling is actually a process and there are different means to recycle different things. Take a small step, by properly sorting your own personal recycling. Something small like separating paper, cans, glass etc. can make a difference!
7. Collect Food Scraps and Compost.
Composting is a way to take organic waste and reuse it. A collection of grass clippings, leaves, and other kitchen scraps breaks down over time and makes a great plant fertilizer, and improves soil quality. If you have a backyard garden, you need to get started composting ASAP.
To learn more, check out this awesome blog post on Composting 101 by Pure Living for Life.
8. Repurpose an Old Item into Something New.
9. Eat All Natural for a Day/Vegetarian.
I love meat, and I have no shame in that. I would love it slightly more if the production of it wasn’t as bad for the environment as it is. Even being a 1/7 day vegetarian is a small step in lessening your own carbon footprint.
10. Time Your Shower.
11. Observe Earth Hour.
So the official Earth Hour takes place on March, 24th but you can still take part as a commitment and pledge to our Earth and planet. Learn more about Earth Hour here.
12. Donate to A Earth Oriented Cause.
If you’re going to be buying things, make a mental note to pledge to a company that makes a conservation effort. Sustainable fashion is on the rise, my dudes. Patagonia and Tentree have some really cute clothes items, they encourage you to get outside, and they give back to the environment. What’s not to love?
13. Watch an Earth Related Documentary.
14. Unplug Electronics Not In Use.
15. Switch to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.
LED bulbs are the new Vogue lol. That’s a stretch, but switching to energy efficient lighting such as LEDs, can save on energy, and save you money long term. Note that the more the lighting is used, the better it is for your wallet in the long run. You’re probably better off encouraging the switch in an office building.
Call me a lighting snob, I used to hate LEDs because of the blue light shade they emitted. But now things are all good because they have the warm LED light, and I am thrilled.
16. Use Reusable Shopping Bags For Shopping.
Ever since I moved to California, I’ve had to pay 10 cents for plastic bags at the grocery store. I invested in reusables, and I gotta say it’s way easier since you only need to take one trip carrying your groceries inside (HUGE plus), and it’s less plastic. Win, win.
17. Go on a Hike.
18. Grow a Garden.
19. Support Local Farmers.
Buying locally minimizes the food transportation emissions and helps out your local growers. Besides, there is something about buying sweet corn or tomatoes from a local farm that tastes so much sweeter. Or is that just me?
20. Take Public Transport to Work.
Trains FTW. Also, you have the option to NAP (!!!)… so that’s always a good move. My workplace offers incentives for me to take public transport to work, so I literally get PAID to take public transportation.
21. Use a Reusable Water Bottle.
22. Do Cold Laundry.
Heating water uses energy. Cold washes use less!
23. Plant a Succulent Terrarium.
24. Consider Going Solar/Purchasing Energy Efficient Appliances.
If you are a homeowner, consider getting energy efficient appliances or going solar. If your system is older, it is way less energy efficient, and that costs you more money out of pocket.
25. Volunteer Locally.
26. Work from Home.
No pants, fewer emissions.
27. Turn Off the Sink When You Brush Your Teeth.
28. Only Dry Your Hands With One Paper Towel.
GUYS this one has actually changed my life. We definitely don’t use enough of the paper towel when we dry our hands after using the restroom. Check out this Ted Talk video, and you too will be mind BLOWN.
29. Skip the bath, Shower instead.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bath bomb as the next person, but this Earth Month, try and take a shower instead. It uses less water.
30. Get Educated.
I love nature and I love plants. The best way to support our environment and the Earth we live on is by staying educated.
Of course, this doesn’t just mean going back to school! Simply reading up on scientific developments and technologies is a great initiative to take during the Earth Month Challenge. Research a topic you care about, such as wildlife conservation, ocean cleaning technologies etc.
This beautiful planet is our home, and we must start treatin’ her right.
How do you plan on getting involved during this year’s Earth Month Challenge? Comment your ideas in the comment section below!