Four simple ways to take action on Earth Day

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Earth Day happens each year on April 22, and it's a great time to take action to help fight climate change. If you're looking for ways to make a difference for our planet, here are several ways to do just that on Earth Day – and any day!

Key takeaways

  • Become and stay informed on Earth-focused issues by checking our list of TED Talks, podcasts, videos, publications, and websites.

  • Support Earth-focused organizations – and check out some of our team's favorite organizations!

  • If you have kids, involve them! Read Earth-friendly books, volunteer as a family, or create Earth-focused arts and crafts.

  • Subscribe to a community solar farm on EnergySage, and we'll plant a tree!

  • A great way to support Earth Day is to install solar panels on your property – visit the EnergySage Marketplace to compare quotes from local installers.

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One of the best ways to get started is to stay up-to-date on climate change, advocacy, and legislation. We've organized a few resources for you:

TED Talks, podcasts, and videos

  • The Carbon Copy: this weekly news podcast produced jointly by Canary Media and Post Script Media and hosted by Stephen Lacey helps explain our changing planet through the lens of current events and interviews with industry experts, journalists, and leaders.

  • Countdown: a global initiative powered by TED and Future Stewards, this collection of videos seeks to share conversations to help accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.

  • Five questions about climate change: these five short videos answer some common questions, including explaining what net-zero means and why a slight increase in the Earth's temperature matters.

  • Science Moms: a nonpartisan group of climate scientists and mothers is fighting climate change with "The Science Moms To-Do List," inspired by Science Moms' frustrations around the lack of immediate and aggressive action by elected officials on climate change. They have several short videos showcasing the facts and what's at stake regarding climate change.

Publications and websites

  • Climate by BBC News: read ongoing global stories by BBC News.

  • Climate Forward: sign up for this email newsletter from The New York Times to get updates in your inbox twice a week on climate change news.

  • Climate Hub: also from The New York Times, this collection of free, on-demand video sessions highlights influential leaders joining together with the global community to debate, discuss, and bring to light climate change strategies.

  • Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: If you like to geek out on climate change, this website by NASA shares headlines from around the world related to climate change and even has a pretty cool real-time data visualization of NASA's Earth-orbiting satellites and the data they're collecting on climate change.

Many organizations in your area organize clean-ups, tree plantings, or other volunteer events to help celebrate our planet on Earth Day. There are also usually events and donation opportunities all year long, so you can pick the level of support you’re able to provide or find specific initiatives to join.

Summary of some Earth-focused organizations to support

Climate equity and environmental justice




There are many more organizations doing great work locally near you and around the world to fight climate change. The best thing to do is just start getting involved: donate, reach out, and volunteer.

If you have children, there are some easy ways to get your loved ones of all ages involved in Earth Day and Earth-focused activities as well:

Earth Day books

Borrow some Earth-focused books at your local library or purchase some for your home library to help the little ones learn about Earth and how we can help the planet like these:

Family-friendly Earth Day volunteering

Some volunteer organizations have opportunities you can get kids as young as five years old involved in as well – you often just have to reach out to them and ask for kid-friendly options like clean ups that they might have for younger volunteers.

Clean up your neighborhood park

If you can’t find a nearby opportunity your kids can join, you can contact your neighborhood association, school, or others in your community to organize your own local park clean up day. REI has some tips for planning, organizing, and executing your own local clean up.

Earth Day focused crafts

Even if you don’t have local volunteer options for younger kids, you can still use Earth Day to help make it fun to learn about the Earth and how to appreciate our planet! You can get recycled craft ideas from MommyPoppins as well as guides to exploring National Parks to help your kids love the Earth by getting out into nature.

Want to help clean up our electric grid and reduce reliance on fossil fuels? Joining a community solar farm is one of the easiest ways to do so!

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