Looking for a fun way to get your team involved in Earth Day this year, remotely? Keep scrolling for our favorite Earth Day activities for your team...
What Exactly is Earth Day?
Earth Day is the world’s largest grassroots environmental event.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and to college campuses across the country to protest environmental ignorance and demand change for an environment in crisis. Earth Day was a pivotal day in pushing activism and forcing governments to do more, spawning the creation of The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clean Air, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, just to name a few.
The work is far from done, however. In light of our rapidly approaching deadline for irreversible damage to our planet, we are again being urged to take action and demand change for ourselves and for future generations.
According to the UN General Assembly, we have under 10 years to stop climate change damage. Despite consumer pressure urging big brands to rethink their environmental impact and switch to more sustainable practices, there is still much to be done. We still have a long way to go to ensure our planet will be here for future generations.
It may not be possible to gather in the streets with your team, join a park or beach clean-up, or plant a tree outside your office this year, but there are plenty of ways for your team to celebrate Earth Day–in person or at home.
If you’re looking for some ways to celebrate Earth Day with your team and get everyone excited about going green, we’ve got you covered. Here are four ways to celebrate Earth Day with your team–virtually or in person–that will *actually* make a difference.
1. Host a Virtual Earth Day Experience for Your Team
The amount of information you can find online these days is both impressive and overwhelming. If you're looking to get your team involved in a virtual Earth Day experience, but you don't know where to begin, you've come to the right place.
We’re offering a virtual Earth Day experience free of charge, on April 25th!
Sign up here, or reach out to our team to set up a personalized Earth Day experience just for you and your team–no matter the group size or budget size.
"Great team activity to do when everyone works remotely. IMPASTIAMO takes care of everything from invitations, logistics, delivery, etc. Highly recommend this professional yet fun class!"
2. Swap Out Single-Use Plastic for Reusable Containers
Sadly, only about 1% of the estimated 4 trillion plastic bags used worldwide (yearly) are returned for proper recycling. 😳 On top of that, it can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down. Yikes.
It's no secret that we have a pretty serious plastic problem.
If you are searching for eco-friendly food storage and reusable bags, there are plenty of options. One of our favorites isStasher–a reusable storage option that has promised to give away 100,000 bags to help keep single-use plastics out of our landfills and oceans. They’re also members of1% For the Planet, so a portion of their sales goes to non-profits like Surfrider and5 Gyers.
If your team is going back into the office, encourage everyone to start using reusable bags, or (better yet) treat your whole team to a set of their own reusable bags. If your team is still working from home, encourage your team to be mindful about the plastic that they’re using every day.
Celebrate Earth Day this year by making a team building exercise out of reducing plastic waste. #doitfortheplanet
3. Host a Virtual Documentary Viewing
Between all the streaming services available today, there are hundreds of opportunities to learn about how and where you can make a change this Earth Day.
Many streaming services offer a “watch party” feature so that you and your team can watch a flick together virtually. Here are a few of our favorite documentaries to stream on Earth Day:
4. Make it Competitive
Sometimes, the best team building events are those that extend beyond the day itself and encourage meaningful changes over a longer period of time.
This year, consider starting a little competition for your team, centered around a theme–like plastic pollution or food waste. Set a timeline of something like 1-2 months, and see who can save the most plastic in that time.
To get you started, you can have everyone use this plastic pollution calculator to calculate their plastic use, and record the results in a spreadsheet. Then, when the time has lapsed, offer a prize to the person who has achieved the most.
For extra motivation, you can encourage people to contribute their conservation actions to Earth Day’s Billion Acts of Green program.
If you care about the environment and also want to engage your team, Earth Day is a perfect time to take action. If you have an idea that you'd like to see come to life, we want to help! Some of the virtual team building classes that we've done in the past include:
Sustainability Focus: How to avoid food waste at home
This class will teach you how to reduce your carbon footprint with dietary and lifestyle changes.
Sustainability Focus: Grow your own food
Our expert gardener will deliver simple solutions and ideas for growing your own veggies from food scraps, such as celery, potatoes, and more.
Health Focus: How does food heal us?
You'll learn about natural ways to improve your health, increase attention and boost your creativity through the use of healthy ingredients. During this class, you'll try two different meals with an expert nutritionist who will explain all about the properties of the foods.
Cooking Techniques: An Introduction to Knife Sharpening
Would you like to sharpen your cooking skills? Pun intended, this class will teach you to learn how to properly sharpen your kitchen knives and care for it them the proper way.
If you're interested in setting up a corporate cooking class, book a call below to learn more and begin the journey to better team building: