As the spring season approaches, you may be feeling eager to get out into nature and enjoy the warmer weather and longer daylight hours.
But while you soak up the springtime sun, consider taking some time to protect the natural environment around you. It doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking; even just spending a few minutes to a few hours doing one of these 5 easy eco-friendly activities will make a huge difference.
Pick up litter in your community
When it comes to litter, most people think of plastic water bottles and bags, but don’t overlook the environmental impact of wrappers, receipts and cigarette ends. By collecting and properly disposing of litter, you’re keeping debris from harming animal habitats and releasing toxins into the soil, water and air.
Find ways to save electricity
There are many ways to use less electricity in your daily life. Something as simple as unplugging a device once you're done using it or making sure that you turn the lights off when you’re the last one to leave the room can help save a lot of electricity over time.
Cut back on your water usage
Only one percent of water on earth is suitable for drinking, and while we can take that for granted in developed countries, it’s important to think about conservation. Some easy ways to cut back include taking shorter showers, turning off the water while brushing your teeth and using a dishwasher instead of washing your dishes by hand.
Ditch your car for a day
Transportation is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emission in the U.S., releasing an estimated 1.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. Be green and consider swapping out your car for a bike or walk. You’ll get to enjoy the spring weather and decrease harmful emissions all at the same time.
Plant a tree
Trees contribute a lot to keeping our planet healthy and thriving. They provide oxygen, improve air and water quality, keep temperatures cooler and support wildlife. Take advantage of the season’s warmer weather and help plant trees in your neighborhood.