Written by: Stewart Borland Published: 19th April 2019, last updated: 27th January 2020
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Since its grassroots beginnings as an educational sit-in in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into the world’s largest environmental movement, with events and activities taking place in nearly 200 countries around the world.
Every year has a different theme, and Earth Day 2019 focuses on something we’re deeply passionate about at Highland Titles: protecting endangered and threatened species.
From the humble bumblebee to the mighty blue whale, each and every species plays a unique role in the complex web of life and we must all do our part to protect them for the sake of our planet and future generations.
We believe every day should be Earth Day, but we hope you’ll join more than one billion people across the globe on April 22nd to do at least one thing that will make our planet a better place to live.
How You Can Celebrate Earth Day
Many people choose to volunteer and plant trees on April 22nd, but there are so many fun and easy ways to celebrate Earth Day that can make a lasting difference all year long.
From toddlers to adults and everyone in between, we’ve compiled a list of Earth Day activities for all ages so everyone can get involved and do their part.
Children are the future caretakers of our planet, and Earth Day is the ideal time to teach kids about the importance of preserving and protecting the environment. What’s more, these activities make for a great accompaniment to educational talks at home or in the classroom.
Reuse recycled materials for an eco-friendly art project — Turn a tin can into a kitchen compost bucket, create hanging planters with plastic bottles or make a collage with paper from the recycling bin — the options are endless!
Go on an Earth Day scavenger hunt — Make a list of items for your child to collect outdoors, such as rocks, leaves, flowers and sticks. Once all the items on the list have been gathered, talk about what role they play and how they impact the surrounding environment.
Plant a tree or a group of trees — While this seems like one of the simplest Earth Day ideas, the act of planting a tree has so many benefits, from creating a new habitat for wildlife to helping to clean the air.
Plan a neighbourhood clean-up — Gather a group of kids and collect rubbish at a local park, beach, or another public area.
Make an Earth Day goal list — Get together as a family and make a list of goals you all want to accomplish that relate to the environment.
Organise a recycling party — Enlist friends and neighbours to gather recyclable materials and turn them in for fun prizes.
Bird watch at home — Place a bird feeder outside (or make your own with pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed) and observe the different species that eat from it.
Create an Earth Day reading list — Head to the library and grab a few educational books that kids can read on Earth Day and throughout the month.
Start a compost bin — This is a simple yet fun way to teach kids about recycling, giving back and the circle of life.
Spend time outside — Whether it’s a walk to the park, a hike or a picnic, getting kids outside is one of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day Activities for Adults
For many of us, Earth Day is really a time to reflect and consider how our actions impact the planet and what steps we can take to help improve our environment. These activities are simply a starting point, of course, so be sure to get creative and remember that every effort counts — no matter how small!
Analyse your personal impact on the planet — Take an honest look at your current lifestyle choices and the impact you’re making on the environment (this handy WWF Footprint Calculator is an easy way to measure your ecological footprint). Then, start brainstorming ways you can make better choices and create a more sustainable lifestyle.
Volunteer — Local charities, NGOs and conservation groups are always looking for additional help, so set aside some time to contribute to an organisation that’s making a positive impact on your community.
Find a community garden — Getting your hands dirty and watching plant life grow is a surefire way to cultivate a better appreciation for all that our planet does for us.
Have an eco-friendly dinner party — Invite your friends over for dinner and serve organic, locally-sourced food for a delicious and sustainable meal.
Join a clean-up — Whether it’s cleaning up a beach, river, lake or park, there are plenty of Earth Day clean-up projects to choose from.
Go vegetarian for the day — By embracing the Meatless Monday movement, you’ll be helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with livestock production.
Be an advocate — Sign online and offline petitions or start writing letters to local politicians to voice your support for various environmental causes.
Cut back on plastic — Take an inventory of the single-use plastics you’re using and where they can be replaced with eco-friendly options. Purchasing reusable water bottles, grocery bags and straws are a few easy substitutions you can start with.
Go carless — See if you can ditch your car for the day and walk, ride a bike, carpool or take public transport instead.
Earth Day Activities for Work
If you’re already trying to be as green as you can be at home, it’s time to make your workplace just as sustainable. Here are a few ways you can encourage your co-workers to make eco-friendly choices and create a more environmentally-friendly workplace on Earth day (and all year long).
Host a waste-free potluck — Encourage everyone in your department to bring their own reusable plates and utensils to work from home (or use the ones already in your kitchen) and bring a dish to share that doesn’t need to be warmed up.
Develop a company initiative — Use Earth Day as an opportunity to implement an initiative that will reduce your company’s carbon footprint year-round, whether it’s going paper free in the office or creating an improved recycling programme.
Coordinate an office-wide carpool day — Carpooling is one of the most beneficial — and one of the easiest — activities you can arrange for your workplace on Earth Day.
Raise money to donate to a local environmental group — Work with other employees to organise sponsorships, bake sales or other fundraising events.
Do an outdoor clean-up — Assemble a team of volunteers to collect rubbish around your office building or at a nearby park.
How We’re Celebrating Earth Day
At Highland Titles, conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Through various long-standing projects — including supporting Scottish wildcat rehabilitation, bumblebee conservation and two nature reserves — we’re committed to making Scotland a better, healthier place for future generations.
To commemorate Earth Day, we’ll be donating 10% of profits to the Earth Day Network to further their mission and support their Protect Our Species campaign.