In the spirit of sustainability and inspiring change, here are 5 ideas to kick-start your Earth Day activities:
1. Get outside together: whether it’s your favorite hiking trail, beach, or nearby dive site, join in on a local clean-up or organize one of your own; you might be surprised at both the variety and amount of debris that finds its way into the environment. Not sure where to go or what to do? Search through many global events here or take part in this year’s Earth Day theme to plant 7.8 billion trees.
2. Show and Tell: everyone loves a good story and personal nature photographs are one of the best ways to inspire interest about wildlife and landscapes in others. If you’re a huge oceans fan like me, be sure to submit some of your amazing marine shots to Mission Blue’s photo contest with the hashtag #BigBlueEarthDay for a possible feature.
3. Join a Social Movement: on April 22, 2016, over 155 countries are expected to participate in the landmark signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change today. Show your support for climate action by posting a photo or video signature with the hashtag #Sign4Climate.
4. Learn or Teach Something New: education about the natural environment has been a core focus since Earth Day’s beginnings 50 years ago, so why not host a climate education event for students, listen in about shark conservation, or check out some of these free documentaries and TED talks?
5. Spread the Wealth: donations and volunteers are a key part of the amazing projects and campaigns carried out by nonprofit organizations. This Earth Day, how about taking a closer look at some of the environmental causes you are most driven about and engage more in calls to action and fundraising opportunities this year.
What are you waiting for?