3 ways to celebrate Earth Day

Naydine De La Fuente, Staff Writer

Every year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day — a global holiday focusing on green living and climate crises. Earth Day was founded in 1970 to educate the public on various environmental issues, and it still spreads its message to this day. There are many ways that individuals everywhere can get involved and participate in the celebration.

Clean up our communities

One of the most common activities people can get involved in is connecting with the Earth through clean-ups. In significantly populated areas, such as big cities, it is pretty standard for waste buildup to occur. Together, we can create a cleaner and healthier environment. San Antonio is home to many parks and neighborhoods that can benefit from a thorough trash pickup.

Be kind to our pollinators

Next, for those interested in gardening, you can support the pollinators of our world by planting pollinator-friendly plants. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are considerable contributors to our environment and play a massive role in the movement of pollen and plant fertilization. To show our appreciation and support, we can start by planting nectar-rich and native plants in our gardens and communities to welcome our tiny helpers. 

Use eco-friendly products

To continue, it is essential we pay attention to the products we purchase. Many of our daily household products contain chemicals and other harmful ingredients. A brand called If You Care produces numerous eco-friendly kitchen and household products, such as 100% recycled aluminum foil, toxic-free parchment paper and vegetable-based inks. All products are biodegradable and chemical-free.

Overall, Earth Day is a great holiday that advocates for a very important topic — our environment. The Earth is our only home that has given us so many valuable resources; now it is time for us to show our appreciation and lend a helping hand. There are other different and easy ways that you can help out this Earth Day, whether it is simply using less water the next time you brush your teeth or using public transportation to reduce air pollution. For more information, please visit the Earth Day website to learn more about how you can be involved in this year’s celebration.