This year marks 50 years of Earth Day and, the good news is, you can participate right from the comfort of your own home!
Celebrated on April 22 each year, Earth Day is an opportunity for people across the world to show their support for environmental protection.
And it’s not just the big issues like climate change, deforestation and species extinction up for discussion, it’s about how you – yes, you! – can make a difference through your everyday movements and habits.
The Earth Day Network has set a 22-Day challenge, with ideas for people to take action now for the planet and environment.
Make it fun and get the kids involved. Superhero mask and cape are optional as you take the first steps in becoming an eco-warrior!
There’s plenty of ideas to choose from over on the Earth Day website. Here’s our top five:
With more of us staying in and for longer periods of time, the rubbish can start to pile up. Why not take a closer look at the amount of waste your household is producing, even for just a day.
Compile all of your packaging and food waste, and then take stock of what you have. Is there a lot of plastic? Are any of your food scraps compostable?
The solution – store your leftovers in glass or reusable containers, rather than one-use plastics; put food scraps in the garden or compost; and ensure recyclable items are put in the correct bin.
If you’re searching for creative compost ideas, look no further than your breakfast – the coffee and eggs, that is.
Eggshells are a surprisingly easy substitute for seedling trays. When cracking eggs, keep the halves (and carton) behind. To plant, nestle your eggshell halves in your egg cartons, add a scoop of potting soil to each, drop in your seedlings, and cover lightly. It’s easy and eco-friendly.
Then there’s your morning cup of coffee, which your plants will enjoy just as much as you do. You can sprinkle old coffee grounds around your outside plants or work them into the mulch. As a bonus, the grounds can help keep slugs and other pesky garden pests away.
During lockdown, we’ve all (whether intentional or not) reduced our carbon footprint in one way or another. We’re driving less by working from home and limiting outings to the grocery store. Board games nights and stay-cations have also become increasingly popular.
While these habits will eventually change as social distancing and travel restrictions are lifted, it’s a good time to slow down and take note of our behaviour.
Perhaps, when life returns to ‘normal’ you’ll pick up a book rather than tuning into Netflix, reconnect with nature through gardening, say no to the airconditioner and open a window, or try out some of those recipes you’ve been browsing using fresh fruit and vegetables instead of packaged.
When selecting tonight’s bedtime story for the kids, or picking up a new book for yourself, why not choose one with an environmental focus? From ‘The Lorax’ to ‘Follow the Moon Home’, there are some great book ideas on the Earth Day website. These are perfect for toddlers through to middle-grade and older children who are wanting to learn more about the world they live in, with positive messages designed to educate, entertain and inspire.
The KonMari craze has come and gone (and your hallway cupboard is looking more organised than ever), but now it’s all about DIY. Stuck at home? Now’s the perfect chance to tackle that renovation or craft project you’ve been putting off for six months. Whether it’s painting, gardening, or re-purposing the old kitchen table, look around and you’re sure to find some inspiration. Change is as good as a holiday – and reusing and recycling is great for the environment.
*Tips and ideas thanks to the official Earth Day website.
There are plenty of businesses and organisations doing great things for the environment right here in the Moreton Bay Region.
Add these to your must-do visit list for the family later in the year (when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted). Some venues offer videos and other interactive resources on their websites and Facebook pages, which budding environmentalists can check out in the meantime.
The Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (CREEC) is set on an 18-hectare site and is home to an array of wildlife and plant species. The all-abilities playground, visitor centre, grounds, and Warba Warba Café are currently closed to the public, but you can still check it out online and plan your future trip.
Kumbartcho’s bushwalks, playground and magical fairy garden may be temporarily closed, but its nursery remains up and running. Visit the website for customer-friendly ‘pick & collect’ options. It also offers a gardening consulting service, where a qualified horticulturist will come to your property and provide you with advice on a range of topics.
Head over to Osprey House’s website or Facebook page to see videos taken from where all the action is at the ‘Osprey Pole’, including baby chicks hatching and feeding. The centre and boardwalks are currently closed, but make sure you add this one to your outdoor activities bucket list to visit post-lockdown. There’s plenty to see and do for the bird watchers out there.
If that’s not enough, you can also browse virtual events to join in on this Earth Day, or register your own event. Head to the Earth Day Events Page for more information.