Ideas to celebrate earth day and Arbor Day Love-your-planet activities for everyone in your family. Read the full description of the infographic National Arbor Day and Earth Day are celebrated in April — and April is National Volunteer Month. Luckily, you don’t have to choose just one day or even one month to make a difference in the world around you. Here are ways to celebrate and be kinder to the planet. IN YOUR COMMUNITY Help beautify a place that’s important to your family. Take a trash challenge: Vow to pick up 5 pieces of trash on an outing. Visit a place you love, such as the library, and pick up litter (outside or inside). Focus on your very own sidewalk, curb and street for trash cleanup. There’s an estimated 6,700 pieces of trash per mile! Find more ideas and local events at NeighborhoodofGood.com® IN YOUR YARD Put up a bird feeder or birdhouse Pick a kid-friendly activity, such as picking up fallen sticks, to beautify your home. Plant something green, such as a tree, native grasses or butterfly-friendly flowers. Set up a compost bin. In the U.S., approximately 3,000 pounds of food go to waste every second. IN YOUR HOME Increase energy efficiency. Fix air and water leaks. On average, households can leak 10,000 gallons annually. Install long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs. Unplug appliances not in use. Switch to earth-friendly cleaning products. Research reputable brands or make your own products. Recycle challenging items. Light bulbs. Batteries and electronics Paint and chemicals Unused and outdated medications Visit Call2Recycle.org to find a drop-off location near you. COMMIT TO ONE CHANGE Little fixes make a difference. Buy a reusable water bottle or coffee cup. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Stash reusable grocery bags where you’ll remember them. It takes at least 500 years for the plastic version to degrade in a landfill. Sign up for e-billing on all accounts Commit to biking and carpooling once a week. GET OUTSIDE Enjoying nature is a great way to show your appreciation for the planet. Visit a park or arboretum. Stroll on a beach. Bike on a trail. Take a hike.