Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! First celebrated in 1970, we celebrate Earth Day as a way to raise awareness about environmental issues. Although we’re currently on lockdown, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day – here are a few suggestions:

1. Plant a Vegetable Garden or Add Some Greenery to Your Home
If you have a backyard, map out space for a veggie garden and get to work planting your favourite veggies, fruits and herbs. If you don’t have a backyard, you can still grow herbs in a pot on your kitchen counter – it’s fairly easy to do and maintain and will provide fresh flavors for your cooking later on.

2. Take a Walk
You can still do a lot in a half-mile radius from your home! This Earth Day pick a new walking route and see if you can discover new aspects of your neighborhood. Challenge your kids to point out different kids of flowers, plants or animals along the way, or collect leaves to make an Earth Day collage once back at home. Don’t forget to collect any trash you see along the way!

3. Pledge to Recycle More
Challenge yourself to learn how to properly recycle cans and bottles and pledge to take the steps to do so.

4. Shop Sustainable Local Brands
Shop sustainable, earth-friendly products locally! Check out Cassine, Salt + Cedar, and Daughters of Summer to shop green beauty products and swimwear made using recycled materials.

5. Rethink Your Food Scraps
According to the USDA, approximately 30-40% of the US food supply becomes waste, and we can’t be much better here in Bermuda. Instead of throwing out food scraps, try repurposing them into compost. If you don’t have a backyard, make a compost bin using a large plastic container, filling it half-way with soil and throwing food scraps into it. Store it in a cupboard or on your kitchen counter.

6. Donate
Lend your support to local charities by donating to Keep Bermuda Beautiful, Greenrock, the Bermuda Audubon Society, or Save Open Spaces.