Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Since the holiday falls on the 22nd, here are 22 ways you and your family can celebrate Earth Day and do something good for the environment.
Things You Can Do At Home And The Office
- Clean out your closet and donate to a charity. Not only will you declutter and help others in need, but also manufacturing new clothing requires both energy and water. Or, have a clothing swap with friends!
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy. Bonus: you’re getting exercise!
- Walk, ride, bike or carpool
- Switch your bills to paperless to save trees. You will also reduce the fuel it takes to deliver your bills through the mail.
- Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden and turn waste into fertilizer.
- Stop (or try to reduce) using disposable plastic, such as water bottles, bags and straws. Bring reusable bags when you shop. Pack your lunch in reusable bags as well.
- Set your printer to two-sided copies and make sure you are using 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Things You Can Do With Your Kids
- Make a bird feeder out of recycled materials. You can use plastic bottles, oranges, empty cartons or even toilet paper rolls.
- Teach your kids to recycle and explain how it helps our environment. Show them how to sort trash and the different recyclable items.
- Plant a tree. Your kids will enjoy watching it grow.
- Cook a special earth day meal. Check out Soda City Market on Saturday morning to get locally grown fruits and vegetables. Buying local food reduces the distance from farm to fork. Local grown doesn’t require as much gas to arrive to the store and is more environmentally friendly. You are also helping out our local farmers.
- If you have a preschooler, let them decorate a reusable tote.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Look for different outdoor items. While you complete you hunt, pick up any litter you find.
- Read or watch The Lorax with your kids
- Use a large barrel or bucket to collect and recycle rain water to use in your garden.
- Pick local fruit with your kids. Cottle Strawberry Farm is open for the season.
Things You Can Do Around Town
- Earth Day Rosewood Neighborhood Clean-Up – On Sunday, April 22, meet at Edisto Discovery Park and Neighborhood Center at 11 a.m. to celebrate Earth Day as a community by participating in this clean up event. Please bring garbage bag and gloves. This event is kid-friendly.
- Earth Day Celebration – This annual Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway in Fort Mill takes place on Saturday, April 21. Festivities kick-off with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. near the Dairy Barn, with events continuing until 3 p.m. Activities include horse rides, canoeing, kayaking and cane-pole fishing as well as a Kids Zone and farm animals. Food trucks will be available onsite as well. Check out their Facebook invite for event schedule and details.
- Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Storytime – Filled with gentle humor and insight, Oliver Jeffers’ New York Times bestselling Here We Are is a poignant celebration of life on Earth. Join the children’s area at Barnes & Noble on April 21 at 11 a.m. for storytime with activities to follow.
- Wine for Water—an Earth Day Event – It’s a toast! On Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Gills Creek, Rocky Branch, and Smith Branch watershed associations will host their very popular Wine for Water Earth Day celebration to commemorate their unified vision and pledge to preserve the streams and rivers in and around the greater Midlands area. Hosted at Columbia’s Senate’s End, a unique setting along the Congaree River, the proceeds from the Wine for Water event will help support the efforts of the watershed associations, environmental nonprofits dedicated to restoring the Midlands’ watersheds through education, grassroots action, and public and private partnerships. Attendees will enjoy food from local restaurants, wines from around the world, and great deals at the silent auction from local donors.
- Earth Day Aiken Event – The City of Aiken is embracing the goals of Earth Day and simultaneously promoting their Aiken’s Tomorrow Green City theme by involving the entire community in a festive celebration at the Newberry Street Festival Center on April 21, 2018.
- Earth Day at Soda City – Come on out to Soda City to visit a variety of booths for information on air quality, solar energy, forestry, wildlife, recycling, and rain barrels.