Fun fact: According to EarthDay.org, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. 🎉
Here are our top nine suggestions for celebrating the day:
- Get outdoors. Go for a hike, take a walk, or bike on one of these Central Florida trails. (Did we mention it’s also National Trails Day?)
- Plant a tree. The city of Orlando has a year-round tree program that’s free for residents. They’d be happy to come out and plant a tree for you. Winter Park has a similar program too.
- Volunteer at any one of these planned neighborhood cleanups and recycling days.
- Honor Mother Earth and attend an Earth Day event, like Lake Eola’s yearly Earth Day Fest or by celebrating the literal fruit of her labor at the annual Mount Dora Blueberry Festival.
- Shop sustainably. Fast fashion is 👎, secondhand is 👍. Check out Pulptown’s 2021 thrifting guide, and bookmark these from Stuff to Do Orlando and Lemonhearted while you’re at it.
- Donate to a local nonprofit organization working in conservation like the Society of St. Andrew. The local org leads food recovery in surrounding farms cutting down on food waste and in turn greenhouse emissions.
- Become a waste warrior. Can those plastic bottles work as a flower planter? Could that paper towel roll double as a telescope? Research recycling efforts in your ‘hood and if you want tips, we’ll connect you with our resident waste warrior, Andrea Ruiz-Hayes.
- Recycle. Use recyclable bottles, shop upcycled and follow any of these other 13 energy-saving tips.
- Get social (and vocal) about why you’re celebrating Earth Day and why everyone else should too. Use the hashtag #EarthDay2022.
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