Earth Day: 4 Ways Your Family Can Celebrate
There’s an important birthday coming this April that individuals across the world will be celebrating. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a special event designed to raise awareness and appreciation of nature and important environmental causes. The occasion is also a great opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, to consider how their everyday choices impact the world in which we live. Here are several ideas to help your family celebrate Earth Day.
Spend Earth Day Outdoors
Turn off the television, put away the smartphones, get out of the house, and spend some time with Mother Nature. Camping, hiking, and rock climbing are just a few activities that the entire family will enjoy. Even if you go no further than your own back yard, spend the day on the deck, patio, or pergola watching birds, exploring insects, or gazing at clouds.
Make an Earth Day Pledge
There are many ways individuals can take an active role in helping the planet, such as taking shorter showers, turning off the water when brushing teeth, shutting off lights when leaving a room, and preparing meals with organic, locally grown produce. Have your family make a pledge to institute specific lifestyle changes to make a positive impact and leave it on the refrigerator to serve as a reminder throughout the year.
Exercise Your Green Thumb
Gardening is a great pastime for all ages, and Earth Day is a great time to pass the skill onto children. Give them their own planter box, or even set aside a patch of your own garden bed and show them how to start a flower or herb garden. They’ll learn how to grow plants while also growing as individuals, gaining important lessons in responsibility, sustainability, and self-confidence. For households with extremely young children, consider planting a tree on your property. You’ll enjoy watching its maturation as your own youngster grows.
Make Your Yard More Green
Get the family involved in projects designed to make your outdoor spaces more environmentally friendly. If you’re wildlife watchers, install bird feeders, baths, and houses to have songbirds flocking your property, or encourage visits of rabbits, deer, and other mammals by sowing their favorite seeds. Starting a compost pile will help your garden grow while teaching children about recycling. Installing a rain barrel under the gutter will collect rainwater that can be used to water gardens and the lawn, which benefits both the planet and your water bill.
In the spring, many homeowners make plans for installing outdoor additions like patios, gazebos, and pools. If you’re considering a new feature for your yard, think about using renewable materials, such as natural wood decks and pergolas or permeable concrete sidewalks and other pavers. But even if you have an addition like a composite deck already in place, you can still make it more eco-friendly. Using outdoor furniture made of recycled parts or reclaimed wood, decorating with live native plants, and installing energy-saving LED bulbs or solar lights will all help you go green.
The team at Excel Fencing & Decking truly loves the outdoors, which is why we work with a wide variety of environmentally friendly materials and employ practices designed to cut down on waste. We also offer replacement windows that will reduce your energy consumption and lower your electric bill. Give us a call to discuss your plans for going green.