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Okay, so first off what is Earth Day and why do we even need it? Well, it’s an annual event celebrated on April 22 which aims to raise awareness for environmental protection. It’s super important because we gotta save the Earth, ya know? Some places even celebrate an entire Earth Week, which packs in even more activities and events to highlight as many environmental issues as possible. (Fun fact: Earth Day is actually the 22nd because it was likely to not conflict with things like final exams or spring break- always thinking!)
So, here are some small things that can be done on Earth Day to celebrate our planet!
Instead of using your car, be earth friendly and ride your bike to and from your classes. If you don’t live close to campus, try using public transportation or carpooling to reduce your carbon footprint.
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If you’re going to the supermarket, make sure to use a bag which is reusable instead of a plastic one. Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags a year, which only end up in landfills and can also make their way to the ocean and harm marine life. Get a cute, reusable bag and help the little ducks from getting tangled in plastic!
There are so many refillable water bottles to choose from, from adorable to trendy to earth-toned colors. There are even some which claim to keep cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours! Can your plastic water bottle do that?
Since Earth Day comes around every year, there are so many events scheduled months in advance to remind everyone of the best ways to help the planet. Get informed, get involved and make some new friends along the way! To get more information on what might be happening in your city, please visit https://www.earthday.org
The light bulbs we all grew up with around the house need to go! We’ve come to a time where there are light bulbs that are much more efficient and will still light up any room. Other things to remember to do are to always turn off appliances when they’re not in use and use as many low electricity items around your house as you can.
Americans use an estimated 60 gallons of water for a 30 minute long shower. To put that in perspective, a bath uses an approximate 40 gallons! Just because it’s a shower doesn’t mean you’re not using a large quantity of water. Everyone loves a long shower, but there much better ways to relax which don’t involve so much water.
Do a little or do a lot, but make sure you’re doing what you can this Earth Day to help the planet. Also, remember just because we celebrate it on the 22nd, doesn’t mean that Earth Day isn’t everyday. Remember to get involved and raise awareness this Earth Day!
Shae Joseph is the Community Manager for the Binghamton University Chapter. She is a Junior studying English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has a passion for music and all things Parks and Rec.