21 Things You Can Do to Make Earth Day Every Day

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In recognition of Earth Day 2021, here are 21 things you can do to celebrate Earth Day – and keep doing all year long to make earth day every day – because if you really want to have a future that includes clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, clean oceans to surf in, snow to ride on, and clean food to eat, there is no better time than today to start living like Earth Day is every day. Do your part to protect our blue planet all year long.

  1. Stop buying plastic water bottles. Get a few reusable water ones instead and keep them in your car, beach bag, school backpack etc. No excuses. 
  2. Just say no to plastic bags and packaging. Think groceries, take-out meals, toys, gear, shopping of any kind. Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually. That’s about 307 bags per person! Bring your own cloth bags wherever you go, or just carry your stuff.
  1. Walk, ride, roll, or carpool. This will not only save money on gas, and reduce CO2 emissions, it’s also healthier for your body so you are ready for that next surf, swim, !
  2. Recycle right. Check with your local sanitation and recycling companies so your good intentions don’t end up in the waste stream and make more work for the people who sort and process recyclables.
  3. Buy products that are made out of recycled materials. This helps close the recycling loop.
  4. Save energy by lighting up, with LED bulbs. LEDs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents and they save you money. A 10-watt LED that replaces a traditional 60-watt bulb will save $125 over the lightbulb’s life.
  5. Pull the plug on phantom energy. According the National Resource Defense Fund, the outlets in your home are likely powering about 65 different devices, even when not in active use. This “phantom energy” across all U.S. households adds up to the output of 50 large power plants! So unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips with timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use.
  6. Eat food that is locally sourced and organic. This cuts out on CO2 emissions from shipping food around the world, reduces pesticide use which is bad for you, our waterways, and farmers, and it supports local businesses which is important after the pandemic.
  7. Mind your driving. Reduce fuel use by going a little bit slower and choose fuel efficient cars and/or electric. Also don’t get a new one that often because the production of cars is so polluting and resource intensive (and it’s expensive).
  1. Support the transition to renewable energy. Sun, wind, waves, all are way better than oil and coal and the movement to green infrastructure will create more jobs for a sustainable future.
  1. Vote for leaders who worry less about getting re-elected and more about long-term health and wellness of our planet and people. Even if you are not yet old enough to vote, you can talk to everyone who cares about you and is over 18 to vote on your behalf.
  2. Join the Environmental Voter Project and learn how to make phone calls and write letters to promote laws and elect leaders who will protect our environment.
  3. If it goes in, on, or around your body or home, choose organic. 80% of global marine pollution comes from chemicals: sunscreen, bath and body products, agriculture runoff, untreated sewage, pesticides, fertilizers.
  4. Familiarize yourself with Environmental Working Group, a group of scientists who provide easy guides on how to choose products like sunscreen and foods like fruits and veggies and avoid the chemicals that pollute our bodies, rivers, oceans, and earth.
  5. Recognize environmental justice means racial justice. Both ocean, air, and water pollution from hazardous waste and chemical use, and extreme weather events from climate change, unequally impact low-income communities of color.
  6. Learn how to be antiracist. In “How to be an Antiracist”, author Ibram Kendi says, “To be antiracist is a radical choice in the face of history, requiring a radical reorientation of our consciousness.
  7. Write and call your local Congressmen and women and tell them you support AB-377, the federal Clean Water Act to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our nation’s waters.
  8. Make your home more energy efficient by sealing drafts; a little weatherstripping on windows and doors can save you $200 a year and reduce CO2 pollution!
  9.  Reduce water waste. Take shorter showers, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and washing dishes. Put in water-saving devices and WaterSense™ labeled fixtures and appliances. The EPA estimates that if just one out of every 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could reduce 80,000 tons of global warming pollution.
  10.  Invest in renewables and divest from fossil fuels. Another way to flex your power as a consumer and spender is to be a part of the clean-energy economy. Join renewable energy coops. Put your money into clean energy and clean technology investments.
  11. Use your social media for good. Tell brands who aren’t already using more sustainable production methods and ocean-friendly ingredients to get on it and do their part for the ocean and earth.

What do you do to make Earth Day ever day? Tell us in the comments below or on social @pacbleu.

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