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5 Reasons to Celebrate Earth Day this Year

Our planet is a pretty special place and while every day is earth day, there’s one official Earth Day that happens every April. If you’re wondering why we should stop for one day and focus on our planet, I’m sharing five reasons to celebrate Earth Day this year.

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Reasons to Celebrate Earth Day

There are many reasons to celebrate Earth Day (or Earth Month). Here I’m sharing five reasons to celebrate Earth Day, which is happening this year on April 22nd.

1. It’s a Chance to Learn Something New

Every year, creates a theme for Earth Day. The Earth Day theme for 2023 is “Invest In Our Planet.”

Investing in our planet is necessary to protect it and the best way to pave a path towards a prosperous future.

Learning something new or deepening knowledge about something is a great step towards investing in our planet’s future. You can read about a topic, watch documentaries, have conversations, or simply try doing something a new way. However you go about it, Earth Day is a great opportunity to embrace new knowledge.

2. It’s a Chance to Challenge our Bad Habits

No matter how long we’ve been living our green lifestyle, I’d bargain there’s some bad habits that sneak into our lives at some point. It’s the nature of our fast-paced culture and it’s nothing to beat ourselves up about. I do think it is great to reflect and do what we can to change those bad habits, though, and Earth Day is a great time to do that.

3. It’s a Chance to Remember How Precious our Planet Is

Earth Day is a great chance to reflect on just what it is we are trying to protect by all the reducing, reusing, and recycling we do. Whether you get outdoors to breathe in a little nature or you watch a nature documentary, taking time to remember just how amazing and precious our planet is is a great way to remain motivated in our sustainable living goals.

4. It’s a Chance to Start Conversations

If you ever feel awkward about talking climate change or the environment, Earth Day is a perfect conversation starter. Most companies (even if it’s just them doing a little greenwashing) have some sort of promotion or advertisement, so the messages are out there and likely easy to bring up.

It’s a great day to practice talking about green living things you’re passionate about and maybe inspire those around you to make some changes themselves.

5. It’s a Chance to be Unapologetically Green

I’m the type of person that gets super excited when I see someone doing something green–like this week when my new coworker brought their coffee to work in a repurposed, glass pasta sauce jar. (Glass jars are a weakness of mine that my new colleague now knows all about!) Earth Day is a perfect day to be unapologetically excited about these green quirks. And yes, there’s nothing wrong with doing that any other day of the year either.

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Reflecting on Our Planet

“Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” — Scott Peters

How will you be marking Earth Day this year? What reasons do you celebrate earth day for?

If you’re looking for some ideas on what to do, check out my list of 50 eco-actions to celebrate Earth Day or Krista’s post on getting involved for Earth Day.

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  • Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader)

    These are all excellent reasons to mark Earth Day. On Saturday morning, my husband, daughter and I are going on a tour of our regional landfill and waste management centre. My daughter went when she was in elementary school and it was one of her all-time favourite field trips. I have been wanting to go for a while but there were no tours because of the pandemic. When I found out they were giving tours to mark Earth Day, I called them up and got on the list.

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