Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2021

Celebrate Earth Day with us by viewing our list of amazing Earth Day events, why protecting the environment is important, and ways to get involved.

By: Maggie Pace

Earth Day began in 1970 to increase the awareness of our impact on the environment and to help us learn how to be more environmentally conscientious. It is celebrated around the world, by over 190 countries and has helped to mobilize over one billion people to take part in protecting our planet and essential natural resources, like clean water. You can learn more about the history of Earth Day here

At Aquasana, we believe clean water and a healthy environment are the most important components to healthy living and overall well-being. Our sole focus is providing best-in-class water filtration products so every home can enjoy great-tasting, healthy water. Our goals go hand in hand with the goals of Earth Day so that’s why we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021, whether it’s virtually, socially distant, or in your own backyard!

Celebrating Earth Day During COVID-19

Our first Annual Water Quality Survey found the vast majority of people (76%, to be exact) consider the environment extremely or very important. So we know people are highly motivated to do their part to take care of our planet. 

Although celebrating Earth Day with a large group of friends or fellow volunteers is a little more difficult this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to stay safe and get involved. Whether you are planning to stay at home or want to help your local community, we have created a roundup of COVID-friendly Earth Day activities.

Clean Up Your Neighborhood

One of the most direct ways to make a positive impact on Earth Day is to get out there and clean up your neighborhood. With a proper mask, social distancing, and the right tools, you can safely pick up trash in your neighborhood. Picking up litter in your neighborhood not only makes it look nice and clean, it can also help to protect local wildlife and ecosystems. You can even recruit a few friends or family to help. Cleaning up your local area is also a great way to set an example for others. Look out for clean up events in your neighborhood or start your own!

Neighborhood Cleanup Tool Checklist

  • Proper mask (preferably reusable)
  • Bucket and/or bag
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Grabber arm or litter stick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Eco-friendly water bottle to stay hydrated

Donate To Environmental Causes

For those that are unable to leave the house because of COVID or simply don’t have time, donating to an environmental cause can be the perfect way to lend your support to Earth Day. You can donate directly to the official Earth Day organization or find a related cause that you are most passionate about.

Earth Day Donation Suggestions

Make An Earth Day Resolution

If you don’t have time to volunteer or have extra money to donate, you can still help to celebrate Earth Day by making an Earth Day resolution. Whether you pledge to cut down on water consumption, use less plastic, reduce energy consumption, or something else, every little bit can help when it comes to protecting our environment, wildlife, and natural resources.


Earth Day Resolutions and Activities

  • Limit your shower time to less than 8 minutes
  • Only use reusable bags for shopping
  • Don’t leave the faucet running
  • Limit disposable water bottles and replace them with reusable bottles
  • Turn off electronics and lights when you aren’t using them
  • Reduce meat consumption, especially meats like beef that can produce a lot of methane
  • Walk or ride a bike instead of driving a car
  • Carpool to reduce emissions and gas consumption
  • Recycle more
  • Repair instead of replace
  • Start a composting pile

Earth Day 2021 Events

If you're looking for ways to safely interact with others on Earth Day 2021, we've also compiled a list of amazing virtual and socially distanced events happening across the U.S. Find an event that aligns with your environmental goals and reach out to see how you can help!

Get Involved with a Local Organization

Be a part of an organization that is changing the world, like Well Aware. From volunteering, to donating, to helping bring awareness to water scarcity, you can get involved in a big way or a small way. Learn more about Well Aware here.

Keep America Beautiful

A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Keep America Beautiful partners with the Earth Day Network. Earth Day falls during their Great American Cleanup®, which is the nation’s largest community improvement program. For volunteers, they are directing individuals to their volunteer portal to sign up as a volunteer and find local events.

The Broke Backpacker

This organization works to clean up local beaches and water sources. Get started here.

Enotrias

Enotrias will be doing a biodynamic virtual wine tasting event for Earth Day this year. They'll talk about biodynamics as they compare to organics, winemakers using sustainability practices in all levels of winemaking from the vineyards to the corks, and what to do with empty wine bottles. People can sign up through their website. The event will take place at 5pm PST over Zoom. There will be a link provided to order the wines after signing up.

IRL's List of Earth Day Events

IRL is a social calendar app that is using its platform to showcase a variety of Earth Day events. Check out their Earth Day page to find events near you.

Earth Day Initiative

Earth Day’s mission is to carry the enthusiasm and spirit of Earth Day into the 21st Century to meet today's environmental challenges.

Their Earth Day 2021 virtual event provides an online space for people to learn from environmental organizations and sustainable businesses, connect with each other, and hear from speakers about what comes next in this pivotal year of 2021. Click to see their list of events.

Earth X

Earth X celebrates Earth Day by featuring ten days of films, shows and conversations about environmental education. Visit their site to get started.

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

This nonprofit’s mission is to engage students in ocean conservation and advocacy through the arts. Their 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest theme, WATER RISING, invites students to explore their connection to water and to creatively communicate the need to protect this vital resource.

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)

CILC has curated a list of live, interactive virtual field trips in honor of Earth Day. Several of the offerings are free to the public, while others have a fee associated.

Verb

For the entire month of April: Earth Month, Verb will donate $1 for every order placed on the US + CA site to plant one tree. Learn more.



Drawing on Earth

On Earth Day April 22, artist Mark Lewis Wagner will be attempting his 2nd Guinness World Record for the Largest Chalk Street Drawing by One Artist. At the same time, the nonprofit Drawing on Earth is inviting you and everyone to set your own world record with any creative act. Learn more.

Copperfield’s Books, Bee People and the Bugs They Love Event

Copperfield’s Books in California is hosting a virtual Earth Day event with Master Beekeeper Frank Mortimer, author of BEE PEOPLE AND THE BUGS THEY LOVE. It’s Frank Mortimer’s journey from bee-curious to Master Beekeeper, and how a childhood fascination of the industrious bee led the author to become a seasoned, certified master responsible for the productive survival of his own backyard hives. The event will highlight arguably the most important creature on Earth –bees – why they are misunderstood, necessary for our species and our food chain, how you can support your local beekeeper, grow a bee garden, or get started yourself.

Great Global Cleanup 2021, Earth Day + National CleanUp Day by Clean Trails

Earth Day Network + National CleanUp Day are coordinating clean ups across the US for Earth Day 2021. Sign up for Earth Day’s Great Global CleanUp 2021!

Whatcom Land Trust’s “Stories of Our Resilient Nature”

Whatcom Land will hold a live stream event on Earth Day along with an online auction. There will also be a raffle where you can win over $200 worth of raffle prizes for anyone who attends the virtual event on Earth Day.

Treasure Trunk Theatre

Join Treasure Trunk Theatre for an exciting, interactive virtual class - celebrating our Earth. This Earth Day, kiddos will embark on an action-packed adventure to plant friendship flowers in an enchanted green garden of gratitude! Registration link

SanitaryReview.com Online Workshop: ‘Conserve Water — Conserve Life’

This workshop is going to be related to water conservation in modern homes and will be held online using the YouTube streaming service. Three professional plumbers will share their knowledge on how to save water and use your plumbing fixtures efficiently, and answer all your questions.

Honestly Modern’s Sustainability & STEM for Kids and Families: Virtual Earth Day Summit

To celebrate Earth Day, join eight women sharing helpful lessons and engaging programs for kids and families on various topics surrounding the intersection of sustainability and STEM in our communities. Click here for more details on the three-day virtual event.

NumbersAlive! - Embrace Earth’s Complexity Learning Program

NumbersAlive! is planning a learning program about conservation and patterns in animals and plants. A video and associated free downloadable learning guides will be released on April 15 so families and classes can prepare for doing their own activity to celebrate Earth Day.

Protect Our Planet!

The Earth is our home and we need to take care of it, and Earth Day is the perfect time to learn more about the environment and how to get involved in eco-friendly initiatives. 

Remember that change can start out small, whether it’s reducing the use of disposable plastic water bottles by buying a water filter, using less water when you shower, getting out there and cleaning up your neighborhood, or joining an eco-friendly organization.

Join Aquasana by pledging to take care of our planet by keeping our water clean and reducing waste. Have a great Earth Day!

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