Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has become one of the biggest secular observances in the world. Earth Day 2023 is on a Saturday, making it the perfect day to get out and do something worthwhile.
If you’ll be spending Earth Day in the Caribbean, you’re especially lucky. The Caribbean is a biodiversity hotspot that is renowned for its rich ecosystem. Sadly, the Caribbean’s abundance is in great danger due to issues such as climate change and overfishing.
As these issues continue to rear their ugly heads worldwide, April 22 becomes an even more important date with each passing year. To truly appreciate and connect with nature on Earth Day 2023, here are nine things you can do.
Go on a hike or nature walk
Whether you’re at home or on vacation, a hike or nature walk is a simple but meaningful way to observe Earth Day. It can be anything from a stroll through a park to a multi-day trekking excursion!
To encourage yourself to make this a habit even after Earth Day 2023, consider getting an annual pass for National and/or State Parks.
Participate in a local clean-up
Clean-up initiatives happen all year round but you’ll especially find them going on during Earth Day. If there are no organized efforts near you, even just rallying together a small group of friends makes a difference.
Alternatively, consider combining this idea with the above one. You can carry a trash bag with you on your hike/walk to pick up any trash that you see.
Just as the land is lush, the Caribbean Sea is teeming with diverse ecosystems, from mangroves to coral reefs.
Rather than going on a cruise or motorboat, go kayaking when you’re spending Earth Day in the Caribbean. Without emissions or loud motors, it’s a very eco-friendly and unobtrusive way to explore the sea.
Walk, bike, or catch the bus
If you usually drive, another way to cut down on emissions on Earth Day is to walk, bike, or catch the bus. Walking and biking are especially great choices, as no emissions are involved at all. They also give you a better chance to slow down and connect with nature.
Plant a tree
Planting trees in public spaces is a popular activity done by environmental organizations, especially on Earth Day.
You can also plant a tree in your own yard. Fruit should make up a substantial part of your diet, so consider planting a fruit tree. This is especially a great idea in tropical climates like in the Caribbean.
Go snorkeling or scuba diving
Snorkeling and scuba diving can get you up close and personal with the stunning wildlife of the Caribbean Sea. It should be noted, however, that snorkeling and scuba diving can potentially be harmful to marine ecosystems. It’s important to follow good snorkeling and scuba practices, especially when exploring coral reefs.
Visit a local farmers’ market
Do you often default to buying your produce at the grocery store? Use Earth Day 2023 to start a habit of visiting your local farmers’ market, instead.
If you’re spending Earth Day in the Caribbean on vacation, go to a local farmers’ market and try fruits and vegetables that don’t grow where you live, and indulge in regional specialties!
Start a garden
Make Earth Day 2023 the day that you finally start the garden you’ve always wanted to! It can be a vegetable garden, herb garden, flower garden, or all of the above. Even if you have little to no outdoor space, you can start a small garden indoors using plant pots or containers.
Go on a picnic
Rounding off the list with a fun activity that anyone can do on Earth Day, go on a picnic! Make it a date or gather up your friends and family. Pack a lunch that’s as low-effort or extravagant as you want, and head over to a local park. Relax and simply enjoy the company of Mother Nature and your loved ones. Bonus points if you keep your phone turned off!