Earth Day: Not too late, here's how you participate!

A rag-pickers collect reusable material from a garbage dumping site on the outskirts of Jammu on Sunday. This year's Earth Day theme focuses on 'Ending Plastic Pollution'. It is devoted to contribute information and inspire to change human attitude and behaviour about plastics. PTI Photo

If you are wondering what you can do to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd but don't know how to, do not fret because there are several things you can do. Here are our top picks: 

For all the couch potatoes  
The United Nations came up with a list, called 'Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World'. Small initiatives like eating less meat, shopping local, taking the bicycle etc are are some of the suggestions made on this list. It also allows you to calculate your carbon footprint and earn credits for the same. You can also share your stories of small successes through #globalgoal.  

Go digital with National Geographic's picks

Thinking along similar lines, National Geographic also presents you with unique ways to motivate yourself to bring about a change. From grassroots to global, they take the digital medium to push you to realize your role as a citizen of the planet. Not only do they encourage you to watch scenes from One Strange Rock. to understand the perspective of the ones who view the Earth outside, they also have a  Spotify playlist to set the mood in your soul. Besides that, the Nat Geo WILD channel will air an hour-long special at 7 p.m. EST/6p.m. premiering the Symphony for Our World, which pairs stunning natural images with a symphonic composition by Bleeding Fingers Music.

Play around with the Earth Day Network toolkit

Based on this year's theme of ending plastic pollution, the Earth Day Network has created a toolkit that helps you calculate your plastic use and create a plan to cut down on consumption. the organization also motivates you to be a part of their tree planting groups by easily signing up or rather staging one. 

Find a local Earth Day event near you

Silicon Valley biggies leave no stone unturned to make much use of the time you spend online to create a difference offline.With platforms like  Eventbrite and Facebook helping you to find Earth Day events in your town, you can definitely tune into concerts, talks and various events.

Fly around the planet with NASA
If you are the type that wants to spend the night with a little bit of romance, NASA invites you to watch their fleet of spacecraft circling around the globe, while you can also create your own shareable views of our home planet. You can also fly along with NASA's fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in the immersive, 3-D environment. Or even better, travel through time with  Worldview an application with an easy to use map, takes you on a tour through the tropical storms, icebergs and wildfires dated centuries old. The space agency highlights many of their innovative technologies and encourages public to use their tools online. Look out for videos and stories to be posted throughout this week on NASA social media with the hashtag #NASA4Earth and their web page (https://www.nasa.gov/earthday). 

 So this Earth Day, feel a lot more connected and be a part of the ecological fiesta in unique ways.

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