In honor of Earth Day, the SCA encourages you to “Do One Thing” for the planet.

As a nationally recognized leader in providing hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults, we want to inspire those in the communities we serve to do one small thing to make a difference in the world around us.

Check out the ideas below for simple ways to make an impact.

1. Turn Off The Lights

On and off light switches

Turning off all lights at home when not in use is an easy way to reduce greenhouse gases and your carbon footprint this Earth Day.

Keeping the lights on at all times in your home has a larger environmental impact than one would think. Wasted energy from constant lighting can cause power plants to work harder, emitting more carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

Try using natural sunlight to illuminate your space and reduce overall energy use.

2. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

SCA Blue Water Bottle on the Dunes

About 80% of plastic found in the ocean comes from land-based sources and leads to harmful effects on landscapes, streams, beaches and wildlife. From soil damage to altering ecosystem habitats, plastic in the environment can take years to break down, ultimately leading to negative impacts on human health.

To minimize waste, you can opt for reusable bags, bottles and containers and avoid single-use plastics. By making this small change, you can help reduce plastic pollution and protect our planet for future generations.

3. Plant Native Trees

Three volunteers planting trees with SCA crew leader

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, forests in the United States remove nearly 800 million tons of climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year. That even includes close to 45 million tons directly from urban forests.

Do one small thing for Mother Earth and adopt a native tree near you or plant one in your own backyard.

4. Help Pollinators Thrive.

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

Did you know pollinators like bees, butterflies and bats provide one of three bites of food we eat? You can help restore pollinator habitats by plating native plants, supporting local farmers or making seed balls.

Seed balls are a cluster of native seeds wrapped in a ball of soil and clay that you can place in areas where traditional planting is difficult. You can toss one in your backyard or “plant” in a pot on your windowsill.

This Earth Day, provide birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators with the food and shelter they need to survive.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Help the next generation of conservation leaders continue protecting the planet with a gift to the SCA.