Long Beach, CA - For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, the City of Long Beach is offering suggestions to celebrate while staying “Safer at Home.”
“With fewer people out in their cars, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have decreased,” said Mayor Robert Garcia “This year, Earth Day allows us to reflect on ways we can form more sustainable practices to protect our only planet.”
A variety of helpful, fun ideas for celebrating Earth Day from home are listed below. Residents can share photos and tips that show how they are celebrating Earth Day this year by posting to social media with #EarthDayLB.
Conserve Water and Energy
- When washing hands, turn the water off while lathering (remember to wash for at least 20 seconds!).
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use.
- Check the forecast: when it rains, turn off sprinklers and put out buckets to collect water for indoor plants.
- Wash laundry in cold water; wash only full loads.
- Turn off lights when leaving the room.
- Wait until the dishwasher is full before running it and turn off the heat dry option.
- Hand-wash dishes in a partially-filled sink of water, rather than letting the tap run.
- Sign up for paperless billing for Long Beach utilities and other services.
- Order takeout or purchase gift cards to support Certified Green Businesses in Long Beach. To earn the certification, businesses must have made significant reductions in the areas of energy, waste, water and pollution.
- Order a tree for your parkway through the City’s tree-planting program. People who live in certain priority neighborhoods can also request a fruit tree for their front yard.
- Check out a digital Native Plant and Edible Garden workshop on Facebook and IGTV @LBSustainability. The next workshop, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, which will demonstrate how to regrow vegetables from scraps.
Make Your Own Environmentally-Friendly Products
- You can create your own household cleaners using recipes recommended by the @LBRecycles team.
- Avoid food waste by making a meal plan, getting creative with leftovers, freeze over-ripened fruit for smoothies and composting scraps. Learn how to start a compost pile at home.
- Use reusable items instead of disposables whenever possible. Check out other ways to reduce waste here.
Engage the Family
- Explore digital games and activities created by Long Beach Water, Energy Resources and the Department of Public Works, including options for grades K-5 and for grades 6-8.
- Participate in free online activities at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Earth Day Festival throughout the day.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, with 20 million Americans taking to the streets, parks and auditoriums to make their voices heard in support of a healthy, sustainable environment. The City of Long Beach is committed to sustainability. For more tips related to sustainable living, visit the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works, Long Beach Water and Energy Resources.
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