How are you celebrating Mother Earth this year?
April is Earth Month, and Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd.
Now is the perfect time to think about how you can give back to our planet and celebrate Mother Earth.
We know the world still looks a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can’t take part! You can practice Earth appreciation from home or while recreating responsibly.
This year, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore the Earth.”
In this blog, you will find ways to educate yourself and take action toward protecting our planet. Plus, you’ll also learn how to practice “Earthing” and get an opportunity to win some eco-minded products!
Keep reading to discover lots of unique ways to connect with Earth this year.
Netflix and… check out these Earthy documentaries
- Our Planet
- Kiss the Ground
- Down to Earth with Zac Efron
- A Plastic Ocean
- Anything narrated by David Attenborough
Teach kids how to be Earth advocates
- Plant a tree or start a garden
- Create art using recycled materials
- Check out the 52 Hike Challenge Kids' Activity Book
Subscribe to Earth.org
- Learn about current events happening now (pollution, climate change, deforestation, over-fishing and more)
- Discover what the world is doing to safeguard the Earth (wildlife protection, land restoration, water conservation, legislature, and more)
- Find potential solutions to global issues and stay in the know
Learn the 7 Leave No Trace Principles
- Plan ahead & prepare
- Travel & camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
To learn specifics on the 7 LNT principles, click here.
Participate in a trail cleanup
We love what we’re seeing from Keep Nature Wild! This company picks up one pound of trash for every product sold. Plus, they make it easy for you to get involved in cleaning up our trails.
- Clean up a trail on your own and report your impact
- Join a small trail cleanup following CDC guidelines
Volunteer with your local park
The volunteer process will be different per park, but here’s a framework for how to get started:
- Go to your park’s website
- Search “volunteer” or find the volunteer tab
- Apply and make a difference!
Leave No Trace while you’re hiking
This one’s so important we figured we’d mention it again :)
Connect with Earth-friendly organizations
Practice Self Care through “Earthing” in 3 simple steps
- Visit your local park or step into your own backyard
- Make a connection with the Earth: place your palm against a tree or take off your shoes and walk barefoot
- Journal about your experience: how did you feel before, during, and after earthing?
Did you know Earthing has been proven to help reduce stress, improve sleep and boost your mood?*
Enter our Earth Day Giveaway!
We are collaborating with @wanderfulcrystals to bring you a prize package full of mindful, ethical items that will help you connect with Mother Nature on a deeper level.
Enter now for a chance to win great prizes for Earth Lovers like you!
YOU COULD WIN:
- The 52 Hike Challenge Journey Journal (made of vegan leather) the perfect companion for practicing mindfulness on the trail
- An Earth-Inspired Crystal Bracelet made by wanderfulcrystals: choose from EarthBound, MountainCall, or MuirMind)
- Sustainably sourced Palo Santo: ancient “holy wood” harvested in Peru from fallen trees (no trees were harmed)
- “Master Healer” Clear Quartz Pendant on Hemp: wear yours as jewelry or hang from your rear view mirror as a Travel Totem
wanderfulcrystals are 100% natural, fair trade and sustainably sourced.
Consider this our Earth Day gift to you. See our recent post to enter now in 3 simple steps!
Happy Earth Day, Hikers!