20 April 2012

How to Celebrate Earth Day

This is a guest post by Debra Duneier.

If you have not celebrated Earth Day in the past, this April 22nd would be a great time to start. You may feel a little awkward at first because you just may not know what to do. Do you invite people over for a party? Does one put candles on a cake? What kind of toast would be appropriate? Can you send a card? Is buying flowers or chocolates the right touch?

cherry blossom tree
Photo: kanelstrand

The first Earth Day was in 1970 and since then it has grown to a worldwide environmental event. On this day, we celebrate our planet and its gifts of biodiversity.  It is the time of year to reinstate our commitment to protect plants, animals, soil, seas and fresh drinking water. It is also the birthday of the US Environmental Protection Agency which was created to protect our air, water and land from pollution. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day to bring environmental concerns to the attention of the national agenda. If you ever question what one person can accomplish remember that one by one, 20 million protesters around the country came out in support of Earth Day and a cleaner and safer environment…they were heard.

Pitch in and make a big difference by making small changes in your daily life. Here are some EcoChi Green Tips to get you started:
  1. Reduce your “product carbon footprint” by purchasing locally grown produce whenever possible.
  2. Bring reusable shopping bags with you to the supermarket, rather than having your groceries packed in plastic bags (plastics take 500 years to decompose). 
  3. Keep landfills at reasonable levels by recycling your garbage as much as possible. Paper, plastics, metals and even electronic equipment can be conveniently recycled in most towns.
  4. Set your thermostat 2 degrees higher in the summer and 2 degrees lower in the winter to cut back on energy use.
  5. Do not run the water while you brush your teeth. Turn the faucet on only when needed. Help save our most precious resource, fresh drinking water.
If you decide to throw a party on April 22nd:
  • Send electronic invites
  • Use beeswax candles on the cake instead of candles made with petro fuels
  • Recycle your wine bottles
  • Send an E-card or one made of recycled paper
  • Decorate with fresh flowers and serve chocolate which always tastes great!
Still unsure what to do on April 22nd? Get over any awkwardness that accompanies a new experience and instead create traditions for the future. After all, cleaning up our planet means we may be able to leave our Earth a better place for future generations and that’s worth celebrating!

Debra Duneier is an accredited LEED® Green Associate, Certified Eco-Designer, Feng Shui Master Practitioner, Creator of EcoChi® and Author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience.


  1. I have a bridal expo I'm working on Earth Day, so instead of buying some kind of fast food on the way, we're bringing food from home in reusable containers.

    And this reminded me that I need to go sort my recycling :-)

  2. Fantastic post! It takes so little effort to make a big difference.

    Happy Earth Day everyone!

  3. I remember the first Earth Day I ever observed at school...I was maybe 14 or 15? Back then, it was all about getting people to recycle more. I have to say, we've come a long way since then! I see people every day choosing to take public transit rather than drive, recycling/composting, bringing their own bags to the store, using reusable containers/water bottles, and just being smarter and more thoughtful in their choices. I think Earth Day is about looking at how far we've come as well as making better choices in the future.