Happy Earth Day! For the uninitiated, April 22nd is Earth Day, a global celebration of mother earth organized and perpetuated by nature lovers from across the world. To many, it may seem like just another day, but to the proponents of the great outdoors, it is a chance to show your appreciation for the beauty and wonder that only nature can provide.
The Surf Channel put together a short list of ways you can actively take part in giving back this Earth Day:
1. Attend a local Event
There are a myriad of events available to the public on Earth Day that cater to all brands of nature lovers. From beach cleanups to environmental documentary screenings, and group hikes, there’s something for everybody. The Earth Day events page has events from all over the world conveniently listed, so pick one nearby that interests you and make your 2015 Earth Day count.
2. Invest in environmentally friendly products.
It’s true that packaged water bottles and plastic bags are far more convenient than their alternative, but that convenience comes with a price. Every day hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic are dumped in our landfills, our oceans, and our forests. Do your part to help curb this epidemic and invest in environmentally sound, reusable products. In addition to reusable water bottles and grocery bags, surfers can also purchase more specialized products. For example, Anna Ehrgott makes board bags entirely from sustainable materials, FireWire shapes 3 surfboards designs as a part of the EcoBoard Project initiated by Sustainable Surf, and Patagonia makes wetsuits from Yulex, a plant based rubber made from the guayule bush, instead of using neoprene.
3. Make the decision to become an environmental activist today.
The battle to protect our Earth doesn’t end today. As nature lovers, we all have a duty to go above and beyond when it comes to protecting the earth. Thankfully, there are many simple actions you can take to increase your contribution. Do your part in educating others who may not know better about the potential consequences of disregarding conservation. Get involved in efforts like Save Trestles, beach cleanups, We Are Mauna Kea, or even support plastic bag bans near you. The Surfrider Foundation dedicates their efforts all year long to protect our playgrounds, and this Earth Day, they are encouraging eco-friendly and water saving landscaping measures that anyone can do. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal of a clean, renewable, and sustainable society.
4. Check out organizations and charities to put your time and resources into.
Hundreds of charity organizations exist that represent every facet of outdoor enthusiasts. Do your research to choose a group to support through financial and volunteer efforts. Whether you have money to spare or not, see what sort of skills you can contribute in order to help the organization out. Be sure to check out organizations such as: The Surfrider Foundation, Save the Waves, and Waves for Water.
5.Get outdoors and go surfing!
Today is Earth Day so if anything, just go outside. Soak up the sun, catch some waves, and above all else, appreciate the nature that surrounds you. Earth Day is a simple reminder to respect and love your beach and homebreak. Do everyone a favor and pick up trash on your way in and out of the water to keep your ocean playground clean for yourself, and others. As with everything else on this list, the more people that practice these good habits, the more positive impact we see around us. So do yourself, your neighbor, and the world we all live in a favor and make this an Earth Day to remember.