Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary With These 10 Earth-Loving Activities

By Sophie Oddo
16th Apr 2020

Lake Cadagno in Switzerland on a sunny day.

If you thought COVID-19 meant putting Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on hold, think again. While we can’t celebrate how we usually would, there’s plenty of virtual activities and celebrations to get amongst and do Mother Earth proud from our home.

Earth Day Live

Going digital for the first time in history, Earth Day Live will be flooding cyberspace with messages of hope, optimism and action, giving everyone at home the chance to learn, share and protest virtually. Kicking off from 11pm AEST on Wednesday 22 April and running through to 11am Thursday 23 April, you’ve got plenty of time to tune in.

Donate To Australian Wildlife Conservancy 

After devastating fires ravaged through Australia in January of this year, there’s never been a better time to provide new hope for Australian wildlife. As the largest private owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting wildlife across 6.5 million hectares, you can rest easy knowing every penny of your donation will be put to good use.

Say Hello To The Residents Of This Zoo Through Their 24 Hour Live Stream

While you may be growing tired of the human members within your household, it’s safe to say we’ve always got plenty of time and attention to give to animals. And what better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a 24-hour live stream of Snow Leopards, parrots, koalas, tree-kangaroos and echidnas? Just when you thought isolation was starting to get lonely. 

Go Plastic Free And Support A Locally Grown Business 

You may have finally nailed the use of your keep cup, but there are plenty of other ways you can continue your war on waste in the name of Earth Day. Seed & Sprout is a local Byron Bay business whose goal is to reduce the reliance on single-use plastics. Stocking everything from plastic-free Tupperware, reusable food bags, cleaning utensils and even skincare, it’s never been easier to be kind to the Earth.

Up Your Sustainability Cred With This Sustainability Podcast 

There really is no easier way to get learned on Earth Day than with a great podcast. Focusing on practical actions for a better planet, Think: Sustainability covers everything from waste to wealth, grids to growth and delves into the impact of consumption across all areas of life. There’s never been a better time to have a break from your gory true-crime podcast and get lost in something new.

Improve Your Food Footprint Immediately

With the endless amount of news and advice bombarding us each day, it can easily get overwhelming on knowing where and how to start your sustainability journey. So when it comes to doing your part for the environment, we’re a big advocate of tackling some simple swaps first. With everything from cling wrap alternatives to shopping locally, there’s plenty of simple changes to adopt.  

Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is 

A simple, yet extremely empowering way to help the planet is to familiarise yourself with your local MP and their policies. Yes, we know, politics can be tiresome at the best of times but self educating on whether or not they’re ethically responsible is a great way to inform your future vote and help make a difference in your local community. 

Grow Your Own And Start A Herb Garden

Whether you’re inundated with seedlings you’ve been meaning to plant or you’ve always dreamed of growing your own herbs (and saying goodbye to pesky plastic sleeves and punnets from store bought herbs), Earth Day is the perfect excuse to become a green thumb. Whether it’s some harmless windowsill oregano and parsley, or a full blown outdoor herb garden with the works, there’s no denying this task is as sustainable as it is rewarding.  

Plan Your Next Backyard Eco-Adventure 

While overseas travel is off the cards for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t mean we can’t start planning now with some inspiration from some of the world’s best eco-friendly hotels. Whether it’s Daintree Eco Lodge in Australia, Whitepod in Switzerland or Hoshinoya Karuizawa in Japan, looking after the planet has never looked so luxurious. 

Wonder In Mother Nature’s Meteor Shower

There’s nothing quite as magnificently humbling as simply looking up into the night sky, and tonight it’s going to be especially mesmerising. The Lyrids Meteor Shower is set to be gracing our sky from 11pm tonight and is sure to be an epic display of fireballs. An impeccably timed phenomenon to help remind us why we love our Earth so damn much.  

So whether it’s live protesting from your living room, purchasing your first ever charcoal toothbrush or simply marvelling in this evening’s meteor shower from your backyard, there’s plenty of ways to show the Earth love and appreciation on this monumental day.

Ready to do more? Here are a few easy switches you can make in the bathroom to become more eco-friendly.

Image credit: Boris Baldinger

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