Saturday, April 21, 2012 2:00 PM
10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day on the Riviera Maya
it is time to celebrate Earth Day, a special day set-aside for all of us to appreciate
the beauty of the world around us and work toward protecting it for future
generations. The first Earth Day was organized in the United States on April
22, 1970 as a nationwide demonstration, urging local and federal government officials
to put important environmental issues on the agenda. Much to the surprise of
the powers-that-be, over 20 million students, environmental activists, business
leaders and impassioned citizens participated in the first Earth
Day. An environmental revolution had officially begun.
has been celebrated every year since 1970, and 42 years later, its purpose
remains the same: to encourage social and political action by drawing attention
to the cause. Every year, around the world, the critical state of the
environment comes to the forefront of everyone's agenda, and billions of people
step up to do their part, if only for a day.
Mexico, we also celebrate Earth Day and here are 10 great ways you can commemorate
Earth Day 2012 on the Riviera Maya.
1. Go for a bike ride. Every Sunday, the
Municipality closes the Arco Vial from 307 near Centro Maya all the way to
Juarez. The lanes are open only to bike traffic and hundreds of families and
bike enthusiasts turn up every weekend to enjoy the exercise and fresh air.
2. Plant a tree. Planting trees, bushes
or any plant life not only beautifies your living spaces, it also cleans some
of the CO2 out the air we breath replacing it
with essential oxygen. Not all of us have the place to plant a tree but I think
we all have room for a potted plant or two. Maybe this is the time to start
some tomato plants on your patio or set out a selection of potted herbs on your
3. Make a bird feeder with your kids. Here is a great design for an easy DIY bird feeder made out of cheap
household and recycled items!
4. Visit a local recycling center. Parque la Ceiba has a wonderful interactive
recycling area where children and adults alike can learn how to
reduce-reuse-recycle. They also have small plant nursery, a cafe and
recreational areas for all ages.
5. Clean up the beach. If you can find an
organized beach-cleaning event, great! If not, take plastic bag to the beach
and do your part to clean up what has been washed ashore or left behind by less
6. Start a compost bin. Composting turns
kitchen and garden scraps into nutrient rich soil, perfect for your garden or
potted plants. Composting also keeps useful, organic waste out of our dumps.
You don't need a fancy expensive set-up to start
a compost bin and it can be done easily in a small yard or even on a patio
7. Turn off the AC. It's hot here,
almost year round. Whether you are staying in a hotel or renting a condo in
Playa del Carmen it is tempting to leave on the AC when you leave...especially if
you are not paying extra for it. Take the time to turn off all lights, fans and
air-conditioning units every time you leave to go out.
8. Prepare an Earth Day meal. Fresh,
non-processed foods taste so much better and they certainly are better for you!
Spend some time at DAC or in the produce section of any major grocery store and
see what inspiration you can find from the all the fresh veggies and fruits
available. Here is a favorite
recipe of ours to inspire you!
Buy a Reusable shopping bag. DAC offers plastic mesh shopping bags in
various sizes and every color of the rainbow. These are great as they are
waterproof and can do double duty as beach bags. If you are looking for a more
fashionable alternative, all the best-dressed ladies in Playa carry these
gorgeous WearEarth bags from Tote le
10. Attend an Earth Day event. This year,
there are several Earth Day celebrations being held in Playa del Carmen and
Tulum. Check out our Riviera
Maya Events Calendar for Earth Day events going on in the area. You might
also be interested in the Mimi Kiteboarding World Tour being held at Mamitas
Beach or the Oaxacan Fair set up in the Municipal Plaza 28 Julio.
Whether you can dedicate 5 minutes, 5 hours or a lifetime,
there is something we can all do to help preserve and protect the Riviera Maya.
What are your favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day?