The official Earth Day may only come once a year, but you can celebrate it every day. Here are some earth-friendly things you can do to help protect the air we breathe, the water we use, and the land we live on.
Volunteer — With 69,000 miles of streams and more than 14,000 lakes in Minnesota, the MPCA cannot monitor all that water on a continual basis. For some lakes and streams, citizen data are the only data available. Join the more than 1,400 volunteers who help track their favorite lake and stream by becoming a citizen water monitor.
Reduce food waste — Want an extra $30 a week? A family of four can save more than $30 a week by making changes in how they shop, prepare, and store food. Whether you’re planning a dinner for four or 40, use these simple ways to cut food waste.
Reconsider your commute — Nearly half of all air pollution in our state comes from vehicles. One of the greatest contributions we can all make to improving air quality is to use alternatives to driving a car, especially as a sole occupant.
- What’s your commuting style? There are many ways to get to work. Which is the right fit for you?
- Going electric? Do you wonder why people choose to drive electric cars? Learn more about this new technology.
Put the care in personal care products – Some ingredients in our personal products can cause problems for our health and water quality. Be sure to choose, simple, healthy products for your skin, hair, and face.
Looking to do something in your neighborhood?
There are a ton of ways to share your time and talent. Find Earth Day events in your area:
- Explore Minnesota: To find Earth Day events around Minnesota, use “Earth Day” in the search field.
- Family Fun Twin Cities: Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.
- SEEK: Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge: Check out their calendar for earth-friendly activities in Minnesota.
- City of St. Paul spring cleaning
- Minneapolis Parks & Recreation