Make a difference this Earth Month

We all know that Earth deserves more than one day of recognition. At NEEF we celebrate Earth Month, and this year we are offering activities that can really make a difference.

For us, every day is Earth Day. We are dedicated to our mission to make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to the lives of all Americans. Our programs span audiences from park rangers to pediatricians and corporate employees to K-12 teachers. We focus on projects that empower people from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to take environmental action.

If you believe that all people deserve to learn from the wonders of nature every day, please consider supporting NEEF.

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    Check Out Our Top 6 Earth Month Actions that Make a Difference!
    Unplugging unused electronics
    Unplug Unused Electronics

    Energy consumption is a primary contributor to a changing climate, producing around 20% of greenhouse gases in the United States. Save money and energy at home by unplugging electronics such as phone chargers, DVRs, printers, computers, and rarely used TVs when they’re not in use. These electronics still consume energy when left on and plugged in and can add an extra ten percent to your monthly utility bill.

     

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    Fix Water Leaks

    Three percent of the nation's energy is used to pump and treat water and the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. Check for leaks at home in the kitchen, bathroom, and outside. They're often easy to fix and can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.  

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    Eat Less Meat

    If cows were a nation, they would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter. Help reduce the impact your meals have on the environment by going meatless one day a week and discover delicious new dishes that are not only healthy for you, but also the environment. 

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    Reduce and Reuse

    The amount of waste generated in the US is around 4.9 pounds per person per day. Reducing consumption and reusing items is the most effective way to reduce individual waste and prevents the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change required to make new products. Before purchasing new items for your home, school, or office, look around and see what you can reuse or try to buy second-hand first.

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    Volunteer In Your Community

    Discover and attend a cleanup project in your community! Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and improve the environment. There are numerous ways you can make a positive impact on the planet in just a few hours.

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    Listen in to Love Earth

    NEEF teamed up with iHeart Radio to spread the word across the nation about the simple steps people can take every day to make a positive impact on our environment. Check out even more tips and activities to make the most of Earth month with iHeart Earth.

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    Fun & Educational Earth Day Activities for Friends, Family, or Colleagues
    Making a positive impact on our environment can be enjoyable on Earth Day, throughout Earth month, and year round! 
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    Build a Milk Carton Bird Feeder
    Bird feeders have become an unexpectedly popular form of household entertainment. Imagine waking up to the sound of birdsong in your backyard, or losing hours watching these colorful characters flit to and fro! You can make your own custom bird feeder using the following guide (thanks to our partners at Toyota for sharing).
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    Build a Bee Hotel
    Support your local pollinators by building them a new home! Bee hotels (or bee houses) provide a safe space for bees to lay their eggs away from predators and hazardous weather conditions.Try making one yourself and see what all the buzz is about! (Thanks to our partners at Toyota for sharing)
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    Activity Guide: Put Energy Efficiency in Play
    Give Your Home or Office an Energy Audit
    Vampire electricity might be sucking the life out of your wallet with appliances that constantly run in the background. This energy audit will help you find the culprits. Take stock and see where to save energy and money. 
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    Host a Clean-Up
    Invite your neighbors or your co-workers for a fun day out for Earth! We have the planning covered with our step-by-step guide to help you host a successful community cleanup that will be fun and meaningful. Just a few hours of work can help improve the look and feel of your neighborhood and benefit the local environment.
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    Spend Some Time Observing Nature
    Observing nature can be done with the naked eye, through visual enhancement devices like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for animal sounds. By observing nature, we can learn about the challenges faced by certain species, including the impacts of climate change. See how you can contribute to scientific research by looking out your window! (Thanks to our partners at Toyota for sharing)
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    Pollinator Backyard Activity

    Use our Pollinator Backyard Activity Guide to keep the kids busy outside by finding out who’s living in the backyard with this pollinator investigation. Then plant a pollinator garden to invite more incredible insects into your yard. 

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    Investigate Water Quality
    Use this activity guide to learn more and explore the topic of water quality. With activities to do both on and off the worksheet, it's perfect for your next environmental investigation! You can use this activity guide in school, at camp, at a park or at home!
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    Listen to a Podcast about Nature
    We’ve curated a list of thought-provoking, informative, and entertaining environmental podcasts, just in time for Earth Day. These podcasts will transport you to the outdoors and introduce you to fascinating stories from the world of conservation.
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