This Earth Month is going to be unlike any other! While we typically encourage everyone to get outdoors to plant trees with us, we’ll have to make it a little more home-friendly this year. And that’s ok, because there’s plenty good you can do for the planet while staying local.
This Earth Month, we're celebrating sustainability and all the reasons why we plant trees!
This may be an unusual Earth Month since many of us are unable to gather with friends, but that doesn't mean we can't make a positive impact for the environment.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the season of growth and renewal, we’ve put together a list of 10 simple + impactful actions you can take to boost your sustainability street cred.
Choose one or more of the actions below, take a screenshot of the pledge, and post it on social media with #EarthMonth and @onetreeplanted. We’ll plant a TREE for every post between now and Earth Day, April 22nd! 🌲
Whether it’s hoarding essential supplies or reaching for your credit card when you’re feeling low (or bored), there are many reasons why it’s easy to get caught up in overconsumption. But the level of waste is huge! The average person creates over 1,600 lbs. of trash every year. But you don’t want to be average, do you? Cut down your waste by making a pledge to only buy what you really need!
Just .4% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and there are over 7 billion people trying to share it, with far too much being wasted every day. You can make a huge positive impact by taking shorter showers, fixing any leaky pipes around the house, or even sticking something heavy (such as a brick) into your toilet to displace the water and cause less to be used during flushing. If you’re a water-lover, take the pledge to be water-wise.
Look around wherever you are, how can you help nature there? Whether it’s planting pollinator-friendly flowers in your backyard, supporting your local parks, or picking up trash every time you take a walk or hike, just open your eyes and help your local environment be a little bit healthier. Take the pledge to take care of the land.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, use your voice to advocate for sustainability. That means asking if your favorite brands source sustainable materials, voting for candidates who have a good environmental policy, and encouraging ways your friends, family, school, or workplace can be more eco-friendly. You don’t have to get on a soap box about it, but you can participate in bringing the environment to the forefront and normalizing sustainability. Take the pledge to be an advocate for sustainability.
Get your food closer to home by finding local CSAs and grocery stores. Whether you eat a meat or plant-based diet, this one action can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Your food will be fresher, tastier, and way more nutritious. And you’ll be supporting your local economy and community, which enriches you in so many ways beyond food. Take the pledge to shop local.
Play Earth Month Bingo! Cross off as many sustainable activities as you can.
Tag @onetreeplanted on social media to show us what you’re doing and we’ll share your photos throughout the month..
If you have an outdoor space, even a patio, plant some pollinator-friendly flowers to give these crucial insects much-needed energy. You can also plant edible herbs and vegetables to get your hands in the dirt and grow your own food. If you don’t have an outdoor space, then garden indoors! Indoor plants will help clean your air and reconnect you with nature indoors. Take the pledge to grow plants for nature.
30-40% of food is wasted in the United States. Not only is this a shame when you consider the reality of food insecurity for some alongside careless waste by others, but all that extra food takes up a lot of space in landfills and ultimately releases methane gas, contributing to global warming. You can reduce food waste by prioritizing home cooking over takeout, saving (and actually eating) your leftovers, and simply buying less when you don’t need it. Take the pledge to reduce food waste.
Every year, the fashion industry generates more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Put a stop to this waste in your own closet by making your existing wardrobe last longer, purchasing sustainably made materials, or shopping at thrift stores. Bonus: you’ll drastically reduce the risk of reliving that one time you went twinsies with your frenemy. Take the pledge to wear sustainable fashion.
This is an unusual time with so many of us stuck indoors or unable to gather, so make the most of it! Use this quiet time to read books about nature, connect in online communities, and explore the topics that most interest you. Whether it’s forests, oceans, or plastic pollution, the more you know the more you can use your knowledge to make a positive impact no matter where you are. Take the pledge to learn about the planet.
Every piece of plastic ever made is still around today, and many types take hundreds of years to break down, only to end up as microplastic in the ocean. But the good news is that if you look around you’ll find there are LOTS more options for plastic-free packaging these days. You don’t need to toss all that you have currently, but when it’s time to purchase something new, see if there’s a plastic-free version. Things like shampoo, detergent, and bulk foods are available without plastic, and you can always bring your own Tupperware to take leftovers home from restaurants. Take the pledge to wean off plastic.
Want to dare your friends to see who can do the most push-ups for the planet Earth, pick up the most trash, or who’s got the most stylin’ tote bag? Get the Dare app to do a sustainable challenge, record it, and dare your friends to do it better!
Any funds from Earth Month challenges will help plant trees with One Tree Planted.
Want to plant trees just by going online? Now you can! Get the WeHero browser extension and choose One Tree Planted to contribute to our reforestation projects every time you open a new tab - at no cost to you! WeHero will double donations throughout April.
Feeling cooped up at home? If you’re able to go outside and still want to maintain social distancing then good news, you can work out AND plant trees in the great outdoors! Plant trees every time you run, hike, do yoga, or any other activities! Our aim is to plant 100,000 trees with AtlasGo App. How’s that for motivation?!
Know an eco-warrior who deserves some props for all they do for the planet? Nominate them as an Earth Month Environmental Hero! We will feature them throughout the month and send them a special gift!NOMINATE A HERO