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How to Celebrate Earth Day in a Pandemic

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In times like these, sometimes it’s important to take your mind off the crisis by celebrating a holiday with friends and family. While Easter has come and gone, Earth Day is coming right up on April 22, 2020. Past Earth Day movements have encouraged activities like cleaning up parks, planting trees, and marching for eco-friendly legislation—and while some of that is off the table right now, there are still things you can do at home. Even if you’re stuck inside, self-isolating in the midst of COVID-19, you can still celebrate our planet and the things we can do to care for it.

Here are a few environmentally friendly ways to celebrate earth day while self-isolating:

Make a Plan for Plastic

Do you know how many disposable plastic utensils and containers are in your home right now? What about trash bags, straws, and other items that are regularly purchased and disposed of shortly afterwards? Take this opportunity to go through your living spaces and determine where you can transition into utilizing reusable or sustainable versions of these items.

Eat Less Meat

If you’re stuck inside like us, cooking and trying out new recipes is a great way to pass the time. And while you’re experimenting, why not try out some plant-based recipes? Eating a plant-heavy diet is a great way to reduce your “foodprint”—the amount of pollution produced by the production of the animal-based foods you eat. And with recipes like these, you won’t even notice that the meat is missing. BBQ bean tacos with pineapple sauce? Yes please!

Plant a Tree

Even during a shelter-in-place order, you’re still free to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature in your own yard. Planting trees helps to save energy, clean the air, and even combat climate change. Or, if you don’t have room for a tree, go smaller and select a few small plants like flowers or fruits and vegetables. And don’t worry, you don’t have to go to the store to make this happen—this list of budget gardening tips is great for the home-bound.

Go Solar

Adding a solar energy system to your home is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a difference in your local environment. Since solar energy creates clean, renewable power from the sun, you’ll be helping to reduce the use of fossil fuels, minimize carbon footprint, and ultimately make a dent in reducing greenhouse gases worldwide. There’s a lot going on in the world today, from COVID-19 to a gigantic new hole in the ozone layer, but choosing solar energy over non-renewable energy sources is one thing that you can control.

Enjoy your Earth Day, folks. Even in times like these, there’s nothing stopping you from stepping outside and soaking up a little sunshine from the safety of your front porch. And remember—Longhorn Solar has been deemed an Essential Critical Infrastructure Business, so we’re here and ready to help you go solar whenever you’re ready. Contact us today to get your free quote and take another step towards a cleaner environment and a greener future.