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Earth Day 2020 Activities While Social Distancing

Earth Day is here! April 22nd, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which is meant to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. Normally, this day is earmarked by community events, national clean-ups, and education to preserve and protect the environment.

However, because most states have instituted “shelter-in-place” orders, celebrating Earth Day will look much different this year, as everyone is encouraged to social distance in order to better protect those at risk. Even though you may not be able to celebrate Earth Day as originally planned, here are some fun activities for you and your family to consider, so you can still help protect the environment while also being safe.

Plant Flowers

Everyone loves flowers, especially in the spring! Celebrate Earth Day this year by planting flowers in your yard or flower bed. Flowers protect the environment in a number of ways, including:

A quick and easy solution is to divide perennials in your yard. Examples of perennials common in the Midwest include:

  • Peonies
  • Hostas
  • Daylilies

Dividing and placing any of these perennials in a different part of your yard is a simple and fun activity for the whole family.  

Another easy solution is to order flowers or plants from your favorite garden nursery for curbside pickup. Even though the “shelter-in-place” order has limited operations for most businesses, many nurseries are offering curbside pick-up for select flowers and plants. Call your local nursery to find out if they offer curbside pick-up! Or make plans with friends to swap plants in a drop-off or pick-up-style  arrangement. 

Go For a Bike Ride

Another great activity that could be fun for everyone is going for a bike ride. Biking is an easy alternative to driving a car, as CO2 emissions from cars contribute to greenhouse gases.

This is a great opportunity to educate those around you of the benefits of biking, as it is not only a fun way to exercise, but also helps protect the environment. Take your family out for a fun bike ride around your neighborhood or at a local forest preserve, and get some fresh air!

Purchase Reusable Water Bottles for the family

Single-use water bottles are common household items. However, did you know that plastic water bottles take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade? It is estimated that most of these bottles end up on the side of the road or in a river. 

To help eliminate litter and waste, try reusable water bottles! Using a sustainable water bottle will cut down on waste and save you money in the long run. Additionally, reusable water bottles come in a variety of styles, so everyone in your family will be happy. This is an inexpensive, easy way to help the environment and look stylish.

However you decide to celebrate Earth Day 2020, make sure you have fun! This day is designed to raise awareness for the environment. Local weather forecasts in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois are calling for nice temperatures with sunshine. We hope that you find time to celebrate in your own way.