Celebrate Earth Day: April 22, 2024

It’s that time of the year again – Earth Day is just around the corner and we have some exciting plans for you! As we gear up to celebrate our beautiful planet and all its wonders, let’s dive into how you can make a difference right here in Utah.

Earth Day, which falls on April 22nd, is a global event that brings people together to celebrate the environment and promote sustainability. It’s a day to reflect on our impact on the planet and take action to protect it for future generations. And what better way to do that than by rolling up your sleeves and getting involved in some meaningful volunteer work?

Here in Utah, we’re lucky to be surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, from majestic mountains to breathtaking red rock formations. With great beauty comes great responsibility, and there’s always work to be done to preserve and protect our environment. That’s where you come in!

Whether you’re a seasoned environmental advocate or just looking to dip your toes into the world of sustainability, there are plenty of ways you can get involved this Earth Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Organize a Community Clean-up: Gather your friends, family, and neighbors and head out to your local park or trail for a day of cleaning up litter and debris. Not only will you be helping to keep your community clean, but you’ll also be preventing harmful pollutants from entering our waterways and ecosystems.
  2. Plant Trees: Channel your inner arborist and get your hands dirty by planting trees in your neighborhood or local green spaces. Trees not only beautify our surroundings but also help to combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
  3. Join a Conservation Project: There are countless organizations in Utah dedicated to protecting our natural resources, from wildlife sanctuaries to watershed restoration projects. Reach out to local environmental groups to find out how you can get involved in their conservation efforts.
  4. Start a Garden: Get back to basics by starting your own garden at home or volunteering at a community garden in your area. Not only is gardening a great way to connect with nature, but it also promotes biodiversity and provides fresh, healthy food for you and your community.
  5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Take a closer look at your daily habits and see where you can make more eco-friendly choices. Whether it’s cutting back on single-use plastics, composting food waste, or shopping locally and sustainably, every small change adds up to make a big difference.

But why stop at just one day? Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to kickstart a lifetime of environmental stewardship. Explore ways to continue making a difference by serving with Utah’s environmental stewardship AmeriCorps programs: Utah Conservation Corps and Canyon Country Youth Corps. By volunteering your time and energy, you’ll not only be making a positive impact on the planet but also inspiring others to do the same.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make Earth Day 2024 the greenest one yet! Get out there, get involved, and together, let’s show Mother Earth some love.

Local Earth Day Volunteer Opportunities

Have a volunteer opportunity to add? Contact Sara at sdorsey@utah.gov