4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. Here are a few ideas to please the planet throughout the month and beyond.

1. Celebrate

Sustain-a-Fest 2018
This Earth-Day-every-day celebration on April 14 includes sustainability exhibits and activities, food trucks, live music and more at the city’s Sustainacenter.

2. Clean Up

Earth Day at Garden of the Gods
The free, family-focused, April 21 event features information booths, activities and opportunities to help clean up the park. Volunteers get a free lunch!

The Great American Cleanup
A powerhouse coalition of Pikes Peak Partners leads 1,000 volunteers in collecting 2,000 bags of refuse at local parks, trails, creeks, roads and town centers, April 21.

3. Recycle

Spring-clean your closet and donate to Goodwill or the ARC. While you’re there, upcycle a few new-to-you items. And donate those outdated electronics from your home office to Blue Star Recyclers. Keep toxic metals out of the landfill, and help sustain jobs for people with disabilities.
discovermygoodwill.org, arcthrift.com, bluestarrecyclers.org

4. Eat More Veggies

If the global diet shifts to an equal mixture of Mediterranean, pescetarian and vegetarian diets, then a projected 80-percent increase in global greenhouse gas emissions from food production can be avoided by 2050, says research published in the journal Nature. You can start at the vegan restaurants by reading “Colorado Vegan Springs.”

JL Fieldshttp://JLgoesVegan.com
JL Fields is a vegan chef, culinary coach, and chef consultant to restaurants and food, health, and wellness brands. She is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy and is a Master Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. JL is the author of several books, including Fast & Easy Vegan Cookbook, Vegan Meal Prep, The Vegan Air Fryer, and Vegan Pressure Cooking and writes the monthly vegan dining review for the Colorado Springs Gazette. She produces vegan markets and the annual vegan restaurant week in Colorado Springs where she lives with her husband, Dave, and their rescued cat, Oliver, and rescued dog, Harry.

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