Gallery: 6 Fun, Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

 
3. Plant Food In a world dominated by factory farms and fast food, growing your own food is a revolutionary act. Monsanto and its cronies want to make sure that they decide what's in the food we eat, whether it's pesticides or GMOs. Organic and locally grown food, while vastly better for you and the planet, can be cost prohibitive. The easiest way to opt out of our corrupt food system without breaking the bank is to grow it yourself. This Earth Day, purpose to plant one thing that can  be consumed by your family. Maybe it's just a few basil plants, or maybe it's an entire garden. Put it on your windowsill, your fire escape, or your kitchen wall. But no matter what, get something growing.

1. Don’t Drive

I know, I know. At face value, this doesn’t sound like much fun at all. But that’s only because you’ve forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off this Earth Day. Plan to get to work, school, and happy hour using another, more eco-friendly mode of transportation instead. Walk, ride your bike, take the bus or train, roller blade or skateboard! Even carpooling is better than chugging gas all the way home and back just so little old you doesn’t have to burn any calories.

2. Recycle E-Waste

By now, most of us realize that recycling makes sense and we should do it. Slowly but surely, recycling has become available in just about every city and town. But what about the stuff that can’t go in the recycling bin? The EPA and other agencies suggest that electronic waste (aka e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Chances are, you’ve got an outdated electronic appliance gathering dust somewhere in your house right now, and your neighbors probably do too. This Earth Day, help make sure those gadgets end up properly recycled instead of taking up space or leaching toxins in a landfill. Use this EPA tool to locate a responsible e-waste recycler in your area, and let your neighbors know that you’ll be happy to take their stuff in with yours.

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