One aspect of intentional living is being mindful that our actions have an impact, and so making decisions based on what impact they have, and trying to make it a positive impact as much as we can. Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the day marking the birthday of the global environmental movement in the 1970s. Whether or not you are an activist or interested in being one, it’s a good occasion to celebrate our beautiful planet (did anyone say cake?).
According to the Earth Day’s Network, “Earth Day had reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes”.
There are many opportunities to celebrate it within our local communities, or you can do something to mark it with your family and friends, or even by yourself if you wish. Here’s a list of our favourite ideas of what to do to mark the day.
Plant a garden to save our bees.
You don’t even need a garden to do that. Houzz have a really thorough guide to create a container garden for any space, including window boxes. You can get free seeds from Just Bee Drinks, who also make delicious flavoured water with honey and are all about saving the bees because “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth then man would only have 4 years left to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man!”
Buy a treat from a brand that supports environmental projects
Just Bee is but one brand that devotes some of their profits to environmental projects. More easily available Yorkshire tea and coffee brand Taylors of Harrogate have been planting trees since the 1990s, and also support recycle and reuse, with projects with local schools, and a range of community projects that aren’t strictly environmental. Maybe pair a good cup of tea with a cake made with Duchy Organics ingredients (available at Waitrose), which are good faming and support the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundations, which in turn support sustainability. There are plenty of brands supporting great projects, and chances are you may be buying from them already without knowing what your money is supporting! (If you drink Yorkshire Tea -like most of Britain- then you do, as they are a brand owned by Taylors above).
Spend time outdoors (if the weather allows it).
Whether you are lucky to live in the countryside or, like us, you live in a city, there’s bound to be a patch of green to enjoy. If you are in London, Battersea and Regent’s parks are even wheelchair-friendly according to the Rough Guides.
If you have children, or are a child at heart who just loves animals, visiting a urban farm is a great idea to learn more about how we counter the grey of our city. Time Out compiled a helpful list of where to find them.
Watch a documentary or read a book/magazine
Should you be indoors for any reason (including a night-in after a tiring day activity), you can dive into the TED archives, or Vogue have put together a handy list of the best documentaries, some of which are currently on Netflix (and chances are you are subscribed to that). If you prefer reading, once you have caught up with our limited archive (we’ve just launched!), Vogue has plenty to get you started for fashion and beauty. If dresses and manicures aren’t your thing, GQ has an article on the 10 most stylish environmentally friendly cars, and other things. And if you’d rather read a book, here’s Forbes’ list of the 10 best books on the subject.
What other ways do you have to celebrate Earth Days? Share them with us in the comment and on Twitter.