This month has brought change beyond what any of us could have expected. As we adjust to our socially distant, quieter lifestyles at home, we are focused on the health and well-being of our family, friends and neighbors. However, this month we also will still celebrate Earth Day, and bring awareness to the health and well-being of our planet. To do so, BAPA is hosting a 7-Day Earth Day Challenge that neighbors can participate in from home. Throughout this upcoming week, BAPA encourages the community to consider ways to reduce their environmental footprint and will be sharing tips, ideas, stories, and initiatives to inspire you to choose green.
Day 1 of our Earth Day Challenge starts TODAY and we are highlighting the prevalence of plastic in our everyday lives. As a planet, we are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of that plastic is dumped into our oceans every year (Plastic Oceans). According to conservation.org, by 2050 there will be more plastic than marine life in our oceans. For more information on the impact of plastic on our environment and the future of our earth, please watch the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Day 1, BAPA challenges residents to conduct a Plastic Audit at home. What plastic items are you using daily? Can they be reused or are they single-use items? What products can be switched out for non-plastic alternatives? Talk with your family and discuss different ways you can eliminate plastic-use within your own home. Visit Dabbling Green for tips on conducting a plastic audit at home and let us know how you are eliminating plastic! Tag BAPA and #bapaearthdaychallenge on social media to share your experience.
The BAPA 7-Day Earth Day Challenge will continue for the next week leading up to an Earth Day virtual celebration on Wednesday, April 22nd with Two Mile Coffee Bar. The full Earth Day Challenge schedule includes:
Thursday, DAY 1: Conduct a Plastic Audit at Home
Friday, DAY 2: Create Earth Day Art / Or Snap a Photograph #beautifulbeverly
Saturday, DAY 3: Pick Your Clean and Green Beverly/Morgan Park Location
Sunday, DAY 4: Unplug- Read Don’t Stream
Monday, DAY 5: Go Plant-Based for 1 Meal
Tuesday, DAY 6: Take a Clean and Green Walk
Wednesday, DAY 7: Make a Plan for your Home Garden and/or Compost Bin