Earth Day is coming up on Saturday!  Here are some great ways to celebrate our beautiful planet: 1.Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth’s rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders.  This Earth Day, why not take a hike or go for a bike ride? Maybe even go kayaking?  The point is, get outdoors, breathe the air, feel the sun on your cheeks and absorb some vitamin D.  Even if you live in the city and don’t have easy access to a lot of green space, you’d be amazed how even spending a short amount of time in an urban park will rejuvenate your soul.

2.Get Involved in a Community Garden If you have never experienced the magic of rolling up your sleeves and digging up some earth, then now is the perfect opportunity.  Gardening is a wonderful way to reflect on how much we depend on the earth for our survival.  If you don’t have your own garden or you live in a city, don’t fret.  A quick google search should lead you to at least one communal garden or rooftop garden and we’re almost certain they won’t turn down your help.  Plus you’ll get to meet new people who love the planet as much as you do.

3.Clean Out Your Closet and Donate to a Charity It may not always be so obvious, but manufacturing new clothing requires both energy and water, and there are many people who don’t have money to buy their own. So this Earth Day, why not clean out your overstuffed closet and then donate those t-shirts and shorts you haven’t worn in years to a local charity. Not only will this make you feel good about lightening your load, but the people who receive your lightly used clothing will be so thankful you’ll wonder if it’s Christmas and not Earth Day!

4.Plant a Tree It might sound like a bit of a cliche, but planting trees is by far one of the most important gifts we can give back to the planet and to ourselves. Global warming is caused by a buildup of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere (such as carbon dioxide and methane), which traps heat on the planet. But trees have the ability to suck up carbon dioxide, which is why the Amazon and other forests are so important. If every person on the planet plants one tree, that amounts to nearly 7 billion new carbon sponges. You can plant a tree in your own backyard, or join a group. Enjoy your planet!

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