Earth Day Celebration Guide

Earth Day Celebration Guide

EARTH DAY IS CELEBRATING 51 YEARS THIS YEAR!

Did you know Earth Day originated in 1970 from a Senator in Wisconin? Earth Day (Thursday, April 22nd) is a lovely reminder to celebrate our planet which sustains us, brings us joy, and is one of the greatest teachers for us and our children. Earth is truly a beautiful place and in Waukesha County we are certainly blessed.  This year in 2020, we are under safer at home orders, which limits the activities and places we can go, BUT it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Earth Day. By doing the activities listed below, we can help make our world a happier and healthier place to live! Here are 8 awesome ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2021!

Please thank our local Earth Day Guide Sponsor:
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8 ways to celebrate earth day


1. Play Outside

State parks and County Parks are great places to get the family outside and enjoy the outdoors. For my family, there is a field that we ride our bikes to by our house.  On our bike ride there, we pass a pond and observe nature and ducks.  At the field, we play catch with the balls we’ve brought in the bike trailer.  So, celebrate outside and be thankful for Earth! Earth is a beautiful place and it is a gift.  We can also celebrate earth day by picking up trash or liter. Tip: Bring bags to protect your hands from touching it and another bag to put the trash in.

2. Help Minimize Textile Waste 

Did you know that $127 million of clothing winds up in landfills each year after being worn only once?

Divine Consign gives secondhand clothes a chance for a second story. It doesn’t have to be new to be awesome! Shopping secondhand is one of the easiest things we can do to help save the world. Shopping secondhand at Divine Consign allows the opportunity to find the unexpected, the surprises, the hidden gems we never knew we always wanted. Kickstart your unique style with something preloved at Divine Consign. Preloved is reloved. Find out about their April event here.

Divine Consign 2021

3. Become a Waste Warrior 

  • Have Family Conversations around Recyling and Minimizing Waste.
  • Watch a video on Reducing, Reusing, Recyling:
    • Here is a great video for little kids on recycling. 
    • Here is a great video for K-5th graders on recycling.
    • Here is a great video for 5th grade and up on recycling.
    • Here is a visual reminder for parents about what can be recycled.
  • Make changes to live more sustainably. Here are some great places to start:
    • Make some of the simple switches listed here to reduce household waste.
    • See what cloth diapering is all about here.
    • Reduce consumption and avoid fast fashion by shopping second hand. Check out our rummage sale guide here.

4. Grow a Garden and Patron Local Farmers

  • Make Seed Bombs. Find instructions and inspiration here.
  • Grow Your Own Food. Check out our contributor, Martha’s experiences here. 
  • Support local farms and eat local food by joining a CSA (community supported agriculture). Find more information here and about local CSA’s in your area here.
  • Support local farmers markets (most are starting up again soon!). Here’s information about farmers markets in our area.  

5. Research and support sustainability organizations in our community

6. Plant a plant or a tree.

Fleet Farm’s outdoor garden center opens soon!  You can buy seeds, plants, flowers and trees! Some plants will need to start off in your home until the weather shapes up, but think about all the good that comes from planting a tree. Trees absord carbon dioxibe and release oxyegen. They are also homes and food for animals.  
 

7. Spend a Day cleaning up your neighborhood and community. 

Spend 125 Minutes making Waukesha better as they take care of our City for the future! Form a team and sign up to help pickup trash in a Waukesha park or Downtown as part of Earth Day. Supplies will be provided.

8.  Attend some or all of these local Earth Day Events:

  • Candlelight Hike (FREE): Info here
  • Recreational Tree Climbing Event for families (limited spots): Info here
  • Organic Gardening with Polly Harrington at “Two Girls and a Farm.”  Register and get the address from the Library staff. 262-662-3571 on 4/15
  • Earth Day Parks Clean-Up in Waukesha on 4/24: info here 
  • Arbor Day Tree Planting Event in Menomonee Falls on 4/30: Info here

For me, experiencing nature is a reliable way to switch from a crabby mood into an inspired one and to refresh my spirit. Time spent exploring nature as a family often imprints my soul with a sense of connectedness long after we have returned to our usual daily routine.

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

-Native American Proverb

Happy Earth Day,

Stephanie

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