Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. We all know that Earth deserves more than one day of recognition. At NEEF we celebrate Earth Month, and this year we are offering activities that can really make a difference.
Earth Month Actions to Make A Difference
In all areas of our life, we can be conscious of our actions and how they impact the Earth. Find a sustainability activity that you can implement regularly and share your action with your friends.
Energy consumption is a primary contributor to a changing climate, producing around 20% of greenhouse gases in the United States. Save money and energy at home by unplugging electronics such as phone chargers, DVRs, printers, computers, and rarely-used TVs when they’re not in use. These electronics still consume energy when left on and plugged in and can add an extra ten percent to your monthly utility bill.
Three percent of the nation's energy is used to pump and treat water and the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. Check for leaks at home in the kitchen, bathroom, and outside. They're often easy to fix and can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
If cows were a nation, they would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter. Help reduce the impact your meals have on the environment by going meatless one day a week and discovering delicious new dishes that are not only healthy for you but also for the environment.
The amount of waste generated in the US is around 4.9 pounds per person per day. Reducing consumption and reusing items is the most effective way to reduce individual waste and prevents the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change required to make new products. Before purchasing new items for your home, school, or office, look around and see what you can reuse or try to buy second-hand first.
Discover and attend an environmental cleanup or restoration project in your community! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and improve the environment. There are numerous ways you can positively impact the planet in just a few hours.
NEEF teamed up with iHeart Radio to spread the word across the nation about the simple steps people can take every day to make a positive impact on our environment. Check out even more tips and activities to make the most of Earth month with iHeart Earth.
Fun & Educational Earth Day Activities
Activities developed by NEEF in collaboration with our partners at Toyota
Support your local pollinators by building them a new home! Bee hotels (or bee houses) provide a safe space for bees to lay their eggs away from predators and hazardous weather conditions.
Cleanups do not have to be formal or large in scale—they can be as small as one individual or a single family tidying up an area near their home. Just a few hours of work can improve the look and feel of a neighborhood and benefit the local environment!
Your Support Makes An Impact
For us, every day is Earth Day. We are dedicated to our mission to make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to the lives of all Americans. Our programs span audiences from park rangers to pediatricians and corporate employees to K-12 teachers. We focus on projects that empower people from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to take environmental action.
If you believe that all people deserve to learn from the wonders of nature every day, please consider supporting NEEF.
Share Earth Month Actions
The best thing we can do for the environment is to talk about it! Share the actions you are taking to inspire others to join you.
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