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5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day While Social Distancing

Looking for simple changes you can make from the comfort of your home or fun activities to get the kids engaged? You have come to the right place.

Earth Day is way more than just a single day. It's a global movement for change. And this year is a special one as it marks the day's 50th anniversary. While Earth Day may be different for many of us this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rest assured there are still plenty of ways to celebrate our precious planet. We have compiled five ways to treat Mother Earth right, below!

1. Get Some Sunshine Outside

Lace up your tennis shoes and embark on an adventure while staying safe in your neighborhood. Whether you and your family choose to walk, go on a bike ride, walk your dog, or get your hands dirty with gardening, there are not only physical but mental benefits to be reaped. Here are some fun ideas for your garden, large or small.

2. Home Tip: Wash Laundry in Cold Water

Did you know about 90 percent of the energy your washing machine uses goes toward heating the water? Consider washing your laundry on the cold water setting for one load per week to boost energy savings. As an added bonus, cold water may even be better for your clothing as it can remove stains, while hot water has a tendency to shrink, fade, or wrinkle certain fabrics.

3. Kid Activity: Earth Day Exploration

This is your chance to let the kids get some physical exercise in the outdoors while learning about the great outdoors. Start by collecting what you find, like leaves, flowers, rocks, sticks, pine cones .... the list goes on! Then, kick start a conversation about where each item came from and its role in the world's ecosystem. Once all items are collected, conduct a few experiments and keep the learning rolling! Here are a few more kid-friendly activity ideas.

4. Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

We all want to reduce our carbon footprint, or at least we should want to. Thankfully, there is an easy way to calculate the amount of CO2 we produce in our daily routines. Calculate your carbon footprint using The Nature Conservancy's Carbon Footprint Calculator.

5. Tune Into Earth Day Live

The world's largest civic event goes digital for the first time ever this year. Join to demonstrate your support for protecting the environment, listen to global conversations, and educational video conferences. Check out this list of global digital earth day events happening. And if you're feeling up to it, Take The Earth Day Daily Challenge.

We encourage you to keep these tips and activities in mind not only for today, but throughout the entire year to help make the world a better place.

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? We'd love to know!

Post a photo of how you're celebrating on social media, and remember to tag @UnitedWayoftheCSRA on Facebook and @unitedwaycsra on Instagram.

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