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10 Ways To Celebrate Your Community For Earth Day

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10 Ways To Celebrate Your Community For Earth Day

Although Earth Day is all about community, it’s a much broader community than most of us usually think about. The enormity of the earth’s population and the issues facing it, often make us feel overwhelmed and unsure if we can even make a difference. That’s why it helps to think more locally–starting in your own neighborhood–because the results are both immediate and easily visible.

With this in mind, here are some ways to help improve your own environment and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

  1. Volunteer with or organize a neighborhood Earth Day Clean Up – Many neighborhood or homeowner’s associations already do this so check with them first. To find one, contact city government offices since they usually keep a list of them. Or, contact your local city or county public works department, as they might already have an Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup planned. Many agencies also provide free dumpsters to use for the cleanup, and might even deliver and pick them up. If not, they can tell you where to find dumpsters. It is also a good source of information for the kinds of trash to put in the dumpsters, about drop-off locations and any other issues or items you might need to include.
  2. Organize or participate in a Household Hazardous Waste Collection – In most communities, there are regular collection days and in some cases, permanent collection sites. Check with your local public works department/agency to see what they have scheduled and for tips on having your own if there’s not one coming up. To find one already planned, Earth 911 is an online resource that lets you search for recycling sites and events in your area. It includes everything from paint to electronics, and features an event search page that you can search by city or zip code.
  3. Organize or participate in a Water Cleanup Project at a local beach, stream, or lake – Check with local water agencies, such as the coastal commission or watershed conservation groups, and even your municipal water provider. The Sierra Club has put together a “How To” for organizing your own waterway cleanup. Or, check the list of campaigns and events at the Earth Day 2010 Action Center, like this one in San Diego.
  4. Take part in a Tree-Planting event – Check the Arbor Day Foundation site. It lists tree-planting activities by state for Arbor Day (which is April 30). But, the list of conservation and environmental organizations participating in the Arbor Day events can direct you to an event for Earth Day as well. You can also get tips on organizing your own event at the site.
  5. Organize a Public Transit Day and/or Ride Your Bike Or Walk Day- This is something you can do on a large or small scale, and there might even be an organized event already planned for your area. Check out the Public Transportation site for some great stats and facts about public transportation and how to use it on Earth Day.  Try to encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to join you in using a bike or walking to commute to school or work and to run errands.
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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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6:39AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

We don't have to wait till April 30 to plant a tree. Every day is earth day. diablo 3 items

12:40PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

that can be done anytime of year. We don't have to wait till April 30 to plant a tree. Every day is earth day.

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12:40PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

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10:10PM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

Great tips..

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7:58AM PDT on May 16, 2010

These are all great ideas that can be done anytime of year. We don't have to wait till April 30 to plant a tree. Every day is earth day.

10:57AM PDT on May 5, 2010

There should also be some suggestions for things are really easy and anyone could do.

12:57AM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

We have done tree-planting, river clean-up, biking alternative transportation. We would like to do the community garden and then a cook-up someday ... Thannks for the great ideas!

12:56AM PDT on Apr 25, 2010

Thanks for all these great ideas!

2:58AM PDT on Apr 22, 2010


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