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Earth Day 2020 Is Not Canceled: Here's how you can participate

Sporting events have been canceled; concerts, large gatherings, movie premiers and much more, have all been canceled due to the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic. But Earth Day 2020 is in fact not canceled, and there are plenty of ways you can participate in the globally recognized mission of bettering our Earth from the safety and comfort of home. In fact, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the environmental movement, making it that much more special. Typical Earth Day events and climate action activities in the previous 50 years might have included volunteering in the community, maybe planting trees or park clean-ups. But this year, we’re going to look at a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day 2020 from your Acero North Valley Apartment! 

 

Learn about the history of Earth Day.

Given that 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, why not use your time at home to learn a little more about the history of the eco-friendly holiday! You can read related articles on the half-century of environmental activism here, or maybe watch a few TED Talks related to Earth Day topics here. Or, you may as well do both! The more you know about the origins of Earth Day and the decades leading up to where we are now, the more you’ll want to dive right in to Earth Day 2020 activities. 


 

Take a look around your home.

After spending some time navigating the history of the day dedicated to our Earth’s environment, take a good look around your Acero North Valley home with an environmentally friendly eye. Is your kitchen full of single-use plastics, and toxic cleaning products? Do you find yourself using more paper towels than cloth towels? How about your lightbulbs; are they efficient LED bulbs that save energy? See what changes towards green living you can make with a simple stroll throughout your apartment. 

 

Start a garden.

Growing your own garden at home is a beautiful way to embrace low-waste, sustainable living. See our blog on how to plant an indoor herb garden, here, and make this one of your Earth Day 2020 activities! 

 

Clean out your closet, and consider buying used.

Spring cleaning can take many forms, but the one we all tend to dread is tackling our closet. This Earth Day, get rid of the clothes, shoes or accessories you haven’t worn in a while and donate them to a local north phoenix charity or donation center, like the neighborhood Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity. And when you need something, consider buying used!


 

Commit to bringing reusable bags to the grocery store.

Sometimes all it takes to make a change in a lifestyle is picking one day as your starting point and committing to your goal. In honor of Earth Day and adapting to a low-waste lifestyle, commit to bringing reusable grocery bags when you go shopping in place of single-use plastic bags!


 

Replace single-use water bottles with reusable ones. 

While you’re at it, commit to replacing single-use plastic water bottles with reusable ones. This simple change can easily become a habit when you set your mind to it. 

 

We know this Earth Day is a little different than the rest, but there’s still lots you can do at home to embrace the environmentally focused holiday. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with us this year with some of the ideas listed above, and let us know how you’re living sustainably on Facebook and Instagram! Have friends or family looking to partake in Earth Day? Share this blog with them! And while you’re at it, keep following the Acero North Valley blog here for more posts like this one.