Join Snowshoe Magazine to celebrate Earth Day 2021 and clean up our favorite outdoor spaces! Since 1970, Earth Day has represented our environment and served as a reminder of the importance of caring for and supporting the place we call home.
Just like our own health, our environment needs to be taken care of to thrive. As Earth Day approaches on April 22nd, we think about all the things we have to be thankful for, like sunshine to bask in, trails to hike, and trees to climb.
So, this year, we want to encourage you to give back to Mother Earth by cleaning up your local area!
How can I get involved?
It’s easy to get involved in Earth Day 2021! Here are the steps:
- Choose an area near you where you’d like to pick up trash. Then, choose a time between April 16th and 30th to complete your clean-up. See the tips below for pointers to get started, including supplies needed.
- Then, fill out the form below to let us know when and where you’ll be doing your clean-up.
- On the day of your choice, pick up trash in your desired area.
- After or during your trash pick-up, please share your photos with us on social media by tagging us @SnowshoeMag and #snowshoemagearthday2021.
- Enjoy your newly cleaned outdoor space!
If you’d like to continue your clean-up throughout the year, you can also keep track of what you find and inspire others with the Litterati app.
Tips to get started
If picking up trash feels overwhelming, here are a few tips to get started.
A great trash pick-up can be in your own neighborhood! Take a solo walk to your local park and bring a trash bag along. Or, go for a hike in your local natural area with a few friends and pick up trash while on the trail. Any small bit helps!
Reach out for recommendations
If you’re having trouble choosing an area to clean up, reach out to your local city recreation department or natural resources department.
The staff at these local departments can be a wealth of information and offer recommendations of where a clean-up may be needed. They also can provide guidance on where to properly dispose of your trash if you find/pick up a large amount.
Check for restrictions
Make sure there aren’t any restrictions for the area you want to clean. Most local neighborhoods will probably not have restrictions, but it’s best to double-check.
However, you may encounter some city parks and natural areas that are city or county patrolled and not available for a public clean-up. For example, some areas near the river where we live are prone to hazardous materials and cleaned regularly by the city. These areas near us are off-limits for public clean-ups.
Know what to bring
On your trash clean-up outing, you’ll want to bring the following items:
- thick gloves (such as gardening gloves) or a trash collection stick for picking up trash
- bags to collect the garbage – you may also choose to bring two colors of bags for recyclables and trash. From personal experience, it can be a pain to sort through and find recyclables after the fact 🙂
- water and a snack
It’s also recommended to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes to avoid any scrapes or plant interactions. Always remember to protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses.
Be aware of what you pick up
Please be careful as you’re out trash hunting. Most items will most likely not be hazardous. However, if you encounter any large items, like tires, or hazardous items, like needles, do not remove them. Instead, contact your local city recreation department for guidance.
Earth Day clean-up registration
Let’s clean up!
We’re excited to share Earth Day with you, and thank you for your support of our environment! Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
Remember, any small amount of trash pick-up makes a difference! Happy cleanup!
Please share any other suggestions for Earth Day 2021 or clean-up events in the comments below!