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Earth Day Across The Globe: How People & Companies All Over The World Are Celebrating This Year And How You Can Join Them

Earth Day Across The Globe: How People & Companies All Over The World Are Celebrating This Year And How You Can Join Them

Posted by Haley Salmon, Owner & Founder on Apr 21st 2022

    Ways People Are Celebrating Earth Day Across The World

    • The U.K. is hosting many various conservation projects as well as Earth Day art fairs & planting events
    • Paris is having a big festival with cleanups, plantings and music
    • Barcelona is hosting a cleanup event on Mullan St.
    • Naples is promoting an awareness campaign among students
    • Budapest is having an Earth Day yoga event
    • Amsterdam is hosting an art exhibition on the climate crisis
    • Baghdad is hosting environmental lectures and olive planting events
    • Dubai is live-streaming about air pollution
    • New Delhi is hosting student-run environmental initiatives on e-waste
    • Lima is building a community vegetable garden
    • Cape Town will have an art exhibit on critical zones
    • And many more! Explore this map to check out the countless events happening worldwide this Earth Day.

Easy Ways You Can Celebrate Too

    In Person/Livestream Events:

    Tune into these Earth Day Livestreams!

    • Earth Day Climate Action Summit with sections on Environment in Time of War and Regenerative Agriculture
    • EarthFest events for kids and families from the American Museum of Natural History
    • NASA is hosting an online event all weekend with lots of great stuff to check out, including a live Earth Day themed Kahoot! and other fun activities or educational talks for kids and adults alike! Find out more here.
    • & Many More! Find more here or search locally.

    Search for in-person Earth Day events near you such as…

    • Earth Day Rally & Plant Swap in Philadelphia
    • Family-Friendly Climate or Ocean Conservation Activities in N.Y.C
    • Rallies and Environmental Art & Book Fairs in D.C.
    • Recycled Crafts and E-Waste Drive in Phoenix
    • Environmental Workshops and EarthFair in San Diego
    • Earth Day Art & Meditation Events in Los Angeles
    • Street Fairs and Female Empowerment Events in San Fancisco
    • Earth Day Scavenger Hunt in Portland
    • & Many More! Find more here or search locally.

    At-Home Activities:

    • Try some of these cute nature-based crafts or ones using recycled or upcycled materials such as found here or here. Or be creative! Paint some rock friends, build a fairy house, whatever you want to get the kiddos to interact more with and appreciate nature and their surroundings!
    • Play some Earth Day themed games with the kids in your life. Try a nature-themed scavenger hunt, play I-spy outside, create an outdoor obstacle course or a relay-race to the recycling bin, there are plenty of cute game ideas out there to try.
    • Read some environmental themed books like The Giving Tree or The Lorax with your kids or explore some more educational or advanced books for yourself on environmental issues and how they impact the world today.
    • Watch a nature documentary. Many channels including BBC and PBS are playing nature shows or documentaries to celebrate Earth day and many streaming services have a variety of nature shows or movies to learn a bit about our environment or even just see some cool nature photography!
    • Or try something a little more light-hearted. There are some great family-friendly or more mature movies out there as well with environmental messages, such as Princess Mononoke, The Lorax (again), Fern Gully, Avatar, or even Interstellar.

    Easy Lifestyle Swaps:

    • Take a trip to your local farmer's market, especially if you've never been there before, and see if you can add them into your weekly food shopping routine. As the weather is getting warmer, many are beginning to open again with a wide variety of local and often surprisingly cheap fruits and vegetables. Many will also have freshly baked goods and locally produced, organic, grass-fed, or cage-free meats, cheeses, and eggs! Without any of the transportation emissions and packaging waste or costs involved, they will undoubtably carry a lower environmental footprint and often can be found at even cheaper prices than at the supermarket! Do some research to find your local options or try searching here or here.
    • Go there (or anywhere else nearby) by bike or on foot! Take advantage of nice weather when you can and walk to your destination the next time you are able, whether it be to the nearby park or the convenience store. Even try walking that extra block or two from your car next time you park somewhere rather than driving around endlessly looking for a slightly closer spot. There are plenty of places where you can find little ways to cut small bits of driving from your routine and add a little fresh air.
    • Even better yet, try carpooling for longer distances whenever possible! You would be surprised to find who at work might live closer to your route than you think, and what sorts of new friendships can blossom from a few extra minutes each day getting to know each other and saving gas money and harmful emissions at the same time.
    • Start composting and look for other ways to cut down on food waste. Order out less and eat at home more where you can control your portion sizes and make only the amount of food you need. Don’t be afraid to keep and eat leftovers!
    • Stay ahead of plastic bag bans and find other small switches for your everyday single-use plastics. Keeping a stash of reusable bags in the car is an easy way to reduce waste, and you would be surprised how many places will give you your morning to-go coffee back in your own reusable mug, and many will even give you a discounted price for doing so! Compostable cutlery, bar soaps & shampoos, washable kitchen cloths, natural sponges, and of course reusable straws... There are countless easy replacements you can make for everyday products in your home that can reduce waste and improve your relationship with our planet. Check out our website and our Replace Your Plastics collection to see some that we offer.
    • Look for other places around your home to reduce waste and resource use. Turn your heat down when you go on vacation, and keep a robe or sweater around for when you get cold rather than fussing with the temperature when you are home. Shower rather than bathe, and don’t leave the water in the sink running while you brush your teeth. Rely on the dishwasher (if you have one) rather than hand-washing. Replace old or broken electronics, lightbulbs, or any other household gadgets with more efficient ones. Keep the windows closed when the air conditioner is on, or turn it off and let a nice breeze flow in. There are countless ways in your life you can reduce your footprint, and no matter how small the changes may seem, they will definitely add up.

    Charitable or Activist Support

    • Donate to an environmental non-profit or activist organization! It's great to spread the word and think about your impact on the Earth, but we all know that money still matters. As we continue to consume resources at rapid rates, so must we also donate our time or money to organizations that fight what impacts this has on our planet & health or work in other ways to protect our natural resources for future generations. Donate some money this Earth Day or look for local events or offices where you can donate your time. Check out our donate page to see some non-profits we at J. H. Appleseed donate to and support and check out this website or similar to search for volunteer events near you!
    • Tell your local businesses what you think about their harmful policies, or commend their good work! If you've been going to the diner in your town since you were a kid and love their food but hate the fact that they give it to you in styrofoam takeout containers, use this day or month as an excuse or just be frank and tell your server or the owner that you love them but you hate the styrofoam waste and just hope they take that into consideration. If enough people raise their voices they will listen, and many places are taking on such changes on their own accord. Many states or counties are also coming up with formal regulations regarding such containers or other forms of waste. Also don't be afraid to share a kind word to them if they take your advice or do anything else that shows they are minding the mark they leave on the planet!
    • Take it a step further and let your local representatives know! Large-scale changes still can start small, and somebody's signature has to be the one that makes it enough to cross someone's desk the first time. Consider your local politician's stance on environmental policies next time you vote, or go to places like to add your signature, or check out groups like Sunrise Movement, Sierra Club,, EarthJustice, etc.

    Notable Business Efforts This Year

    • Amazon is donating $1 million to One Tree Planted to plant 1 million trees through the rest of 2022, and you can tell Alexa to "grow a tree" to add your own $1 donation to plant a tree in your name.
    • Intel has declared intent to achieve 100% renewable electricity use across its global operations by 2030, investing $300 million in energy conversation measures to save the equivalent of 4 billion cumulative kilowatt-hours of energy. They also vowed that new factories and other facilities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia would meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards as well as to launch R&D into identifying greener chemicals.
    • Apple is donating $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for every purchase made at an Apple store, on its website, or through its app using Apple Pay through April 22.
    • There are many other examples like this, but keep an eye on greenwashing. While such efforts may be helpful, and are definitely better than doing nothing, they are (generally speaking) still marketing tactics and are not even close to being enough to make up for the detrimental effects that the emissions from such huge companies create or the harm that excessive consumerism and wastefulness that they support creates.