April 22, 2021 | by: Jamie Paterson


Today is EARTH DAY, the 51st anniversary of the international celebration of the planet we all call home. Begun in 1970, it’s now the largest environmental event worldwide. This year’s all-virtual celebrations culminate with “Earth Day Live” at 1pm ADT.

What can you do to help save the planet?  Here are 39 Earth Day tips, quizzes, and activities:

  1. Passionate about certain environmental issues? Volunteer at EARTHDAY.ORG and participate in our many initiatives, both local and global, to Restore Our Earth.
  2. Unsubscribe to catalogs and donate to The Canopy Project to save the trees! For every $1 that is donated, one tree is planted!
  3. Support the Great Global Cleanup and pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities. It is a great way to save that plastic bottle cap from the landfill while you are on your morning walk!
  4. Change your diet to fight climate change! Try participating in meatless Mondays! Check out some plant-based recipes.  Try a foodprint calculator to find out exactly how your meals impact the planet.
  5. Advocate for governments to make climate change and sign the petition.
  6. Add your voice to the campus climate project and advocate for stronger environmental commitments from your college or university.
  7. It’s time to start “plogging” aka picking up trash while jogging! This is a fun and effective way to get a workout in while cleaning the community. Learn more about plogging and the Great Global Cleanup.
  8. Download the Global Earth Challenge app, anyone can be a citizen scientist! This initiative helps monitor and mitigate threats to environmental and human health.
  9. Calculate your personal carbon footprint and make changes to reduce it — it’s something we can all do to help the planet.
  10. Calculate your personal plastic consumption, then use the tips to help break free from single-use plastics!
  11.  Organizing your own cleanup? Here are some tips! 
  12. Consumer demand for renewable energy sources is one of the most immediate actions you can take to lower your carbon footprint and restore our earth. Call your utility and ask for green power.
  13. Most people by now know that single-use plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs.  Pledge to use a reusable grocery bag.
  14. Learn about simple ways you can act to combat plastic pollution every day and Restore Our Earth.
  15. Plan an effective teach-in that will bring your community together and make steps to Restore Our Earth!
  16. Fight food waste by composting! Learn how you can make a difference right in your own backyard.
  17. Spread the word! Explore our Earth Day 2021 action toolkit to find ways to further the climate discussion across the globe.
  18. A Billion Acts of Green are happening across the planet. From students in classrooms to organizers in their communities to officials in government there are ways for anyone of any background to make a difference. Add your act of green. 
  19. Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
  20. Check out the Foodprints for the Future campaign to see the many other ways you can get involved to help stop food waste.
  21. Encourage your school or organization to serve more plant-based meal options and to educate students or employees about the impacts of animal agriculture on our food system.
  22. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria. Take the pledge.
  23. Help protect pollinators by pledging to go pesticide-free! We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future. Sign our pledge to limit the use of harmful pesticides in your garden.
  24. Save the butterflies and bees! Help contribute to meaningful scientific research on pollinator populations through the Global Earth Challenge mobile application. It’s as easy as snapping a picture.
  25. Calling all educators! Incorporate EARTHDAY.ORG’s environmental education resources into your classroom. Explore the possibilities and plan a lesson.
  26. Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
  27.  Sign the petition calling on governments to take bold action on universal climate and environmental literacy for our school kids.
  28. How much do you know about clean energy? Test your knowledge by taking the quiz and make small adjustments to reduce your carbon footprint.
  29. How much do you know about the threats that our oceans and marine creatures that call them home face from plastic pollution? Take our quiz and learn more today!
  30. Action requires education. Test your knowledge of climate and environmental literacy with our quiz!
  31. With the Global Earth Challenge app, you can take photos of the horizon to help scientists estimate air quality through lightwaves in your photo. Help advocate for cleaner air near you.
  32. Take photos of plastic waste near you so scientists can track plastic to its source and understand the distribution of plastics around the world. Do your part!
  33. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
  34. Try growing your own organic garden!
  35. Use a reusable water bottle to make a big impact on your plastic consumption:
  36. Practice sustainable fashion! Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items. Used does not always mean unfashionable!
  37. Always read labels! Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products to avoid  washing toxic chemicals down the drain!
  38. Integrate a simple act of green into your daily routine. Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
  39. Save electricity and turn off lights when you leave the room.

Happy Earth Day to You!
~ Jamie