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When Is Earth Day and How Can You Celebrate It?

Play an active role in celebrating a worthy cause

Every year, the whole world celebrates Earth Day. But did you know that its history dates as far back as 1970?

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. That makes the global environmental movement five decades old. More than the milestone of being around for such a long period of time, Earth Day reminds us of the urgent need to save the environment for present and future generations.

When is Earth Day?

Earth Day 2021 falls on April 22 (Thursday). In preparation for this year's celebration, here are various ways to save Mother Earth. It doesn't matter how small or big of an effort you make—what's important is that you're playing an active role in celebrating a worthy cause.

What to Do on Earth Day?

Support environmental groups in the Philippines
Whether or not you want to focus on a specific aspect of the environment, like marine life or wildlife, you can be part of environmental groups that commit themselves to making the world a better place.

Do volunteer work for Save Philippine Seas, an organization that brings together all social groups, including private individuals and corporations, NGOs and government agencies, to protect and conserve marine resources. 

Why not sponsor a project of the World Wide Fund for Nature? You can purchase cute panda merchandise, with sales to be used by the organization to fund a variety of programs, from wildlife to livelihood and the environment.

You can also go on a forest-saving mission with Globe via GCash Forest. Each time you use your GCash app to buy load, send money, pay bills and so on, you can get reward points for use toward tree planting activities spearheaded by Globe.

Make Earth Day activities at home
Saving Mother Earth doesn't always have to involve hero-level achievements. Even at home, you can make a huge difference by engaging in these Earth Day activities.

  • Recycle your plastic bottles into fun creative items like piggy banks, pencil holders, planters and sprinklers, and other DIY crafts. "Hire" young assistants to help you clean and paint your plastic décor, which can be great Earth Day activities for kids.

    Once you've recycled every plastic bottle in your household, commit to never go for single-use plastics again. Replace them with local eco-friendly products to help you reduce your plastic waste.

  • Want to make the most of the Earth Hour switch off? Enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner while the lights are off.

Practice simple "acts of green"

When it comes to being a responsible, environmentally friendly member of your community, consistency is key. Imagine if we dedicated every day to reducing our impact on the planet—not just on Earth Day—we'd be waking up to a greener, cleaner environment.

For starters, why not create a makeshift water recycling system? It can be as simple as using a pail to catch rainwater or water droplets from your room's air-conditioning and then use whatever you have collected for watering house plants.

Or, the next time you're scheduled to do your supply run, bring along your shopping bags. Although most groceries and supermarkets have shifted to paper bags, they can still accumulate waste over time. Thanks to local sustainable living brands, it's now easier to avoid disposable products and bring an eco-friendly lifestyle into our homes.

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Do spring cleaning at home

You've probably had your share of spring cleaning in the last several months as you followed stay-at-home orders in your community. Just don't forget to include e-waste like the old mobile devices that have already died on you in your next round of spring cleaning.

Instead of letting them sit and collect dust at home, they could have more and better use if you send them to e-waste zero bins where they would be recycled as part of the efforts to reduce your carbon footprint as a consumer.

Happy Earth Day

Every day can be Earth Day if we show and give back love to our planet. We can—and should—make it happen!

Art Matthew Fetalver

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