3 ways to Invest in the Planet this Earth Day!

Friday, April 22nd is the big day for this blue marble. The theme for Earth Day 2022 is ‘Invest in Our Planet’. And the focus is on “accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone – governments, citizens, and businesses – to do their part.” A reminder that it’s our collective responsibility, and we’re running out of time. 

Here I’ll break down 3 ways you can invest in the planet this Earth Day, and beyond. 

1. Invest Your Time

Time. We only get so much of it. And there are many things vying for our attention all the time. As author Zadie Smith says,  “time is how you spend your love”. Here are a couple ways to show the planet our love this Earth Day, by taking the time to care for it. 

Volunteer

Participate in the Great Global Cleanup on Earth Day. Earthday.org has an interactive map to find a clean up near you and other events happening in your city.

  • For an ongoing way to volunteer, reach out to local environmental nonprofits, tap into national organizations working in your community or start a chapter yourself.

Make sustainable changes to your lifestyle

Our small acts add up. Things like using a reusable water bottle, buying local food and eating what’s in season, taking reusable bags to the grocery store, avoiding fast fashion and buying less stuff. 

 

2. Invest Your Voice

Learning and talking about the climate crisis with our family, friends, and community is incredibly important. This is how we increase collective accountability and build pressure for businesses + elected officials to take climate action.

Educate yourself

Earthday.org has a ton of fact sheets on a variety of environmental topics from plastic pollution to the importance of bees. Or stay up-to-date on environmental policy and climate change news with these trusted resources.

  • To satisfy your scrolling itch, you can also follow social accounts like EcoTok on TikTok, a collective of environmental educators and activists who are spreading education + inspiration. There are many TikTok and Instagram accounts posting helpful content. Do a quick hashtag search for things like #climateaction #sustainableliving or #ecofriendly and follow some that speak to you. 

Talk about it

Bring it up with friends and family, and share what you’re learning. People trust people they know and it helps spur collective action. Remember to come from a place of empathy and understanding.

Get civically involved

Sign petitions, write your representatives, vote for elected officials that support climate action. 

 

3. Invest Your Money

Money talks. Where and how we spend our money is important, and an opportunity for us to align our finances with our goals for a healthier planet.

Align financial decisions with your eco-friendly principles

This is a great overview of ways to do this, from having a green investment strategy to sustainable banking.

Donate

Support nonprofit organizations that are addressing the climate crisis.

  • If you have a favorite, send them a nice donation on Earth Day!
  • If you’re not sure where to start, or want to have an ongoing strategy with your giving,  support the Climate Change cause on PennyLoafer! This is a simple way to invest in the planet on an ongoing basis. Each month, your donation is combined with like-minded donors and given to a different, vetted charity fighting climate change. You stay updated on your impact via our monthly newsletters. 

There is certainly no shortage of ways to invest in our planet. I hope you’ll find a way to do so this Earth Day, and every day! 

 

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