Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22 this year.
In addition to being the holiday's 50th anniversary, Earth Day 2020 is an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to the planet even amid the coronavirus pandemic.
If you still want to get involved, here are a few ways you can volunteer to help the environment while social distancing.
Support local business
Businesses are suffering more than ever during the pandemic, with shops and restaurants closing their doors amid stay-at-home orders. To help your community and the environment, buy local from business in your area, who are less likely to transport products and whose scale permits them to make efficient use of land and goods.
Write a letter to your legislator
Coronavirus is at the forefront of everyone's minds, including lawmakers, who face difficult decisions about how best to bring their areas back to normal and help the economy rebound. But now is also a great time for constituents to write letters to their lawmakers, letting them know that addressing environmental issues are still a priority, even during stay-at-home orders.
Adopt a storm drain
Adopting a storm drain near you is a great way to get out and active while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Many cities offer these types of programs, through which volunteers keep drains free of trash, leaves and other debris year-round to prevent flooding or contamination.
Make a donation
Making a donation to a group that aligns with your environmental concerns or interests is a great way to get involved, especially if you lack the time or ability to get more actively involved in person. Whether you are interested making a one-time payments or setting up recurring donations, there are many green charities worth donating to, especially during the uncertain period of the period.
Take a pledge
Even with the best of intentions, it may be difficult to stick to your environmental goals without a plan. Hold yourself accountable by taking a pledge through a local organization to take tangible actions like picking up pet waste, using less fertilizer, and more.