In South Florida, we celebrate Mother Nature every day of the year. Thanks to her we have beautiful beaches, pristine waterfronts, and scenic landscape that is envied worldwide. But no matter the day, Earth Day should be celebrated all year long and here are four easy ways to do so.
Keep Car in Garage
While Miami hasn’t always been known as a pedestrian friendly destination, the times are certainly changing. Leave the car behind and go for a stroll in walkable neighborhoods like historic Coral Gables, tree-lined Coconut Grove, or beachside Miami Beach. Or opt for a bike ride, which is easier than ever to do in Miami. Grab a Citi Bike or your own two wheels and peddle around town to admire some of our scenic routes like Key Biscayne’s Rickenbacker Trail or South Miami’s Old Cutler Trail.
Be a Vegan for the Day
Did you know if everyone on the planet went vegetarian just for a day it would reduce water usage by 13 million tons? One day without meat, dairy, or seafood does make an impact. Do your part and whip up a plant-based meal using ingredients from a local’s farmer’s market. Or opt for a vegetarian meal at places like Miami Beach favorites Planta or Soul Tavern or Coconut Grove staple Last Carrot.
It seems like a simple formula: reduce, reuse, recycle, but recycling is a key component that some still look past in the city. Make sure you’re not only recycling items properly (there’s a great primer for that here) but that you’re doing your best to reduce waste and reuse items and limit use of single use plastics. Trade-in that disposable water bottle for a reusable water bottle, those plastic grocery bags for sturdy cloth ones, and make sure to have a metal straw on hand to sip on a drink in lieu of plastic ones.
Do Outdoor Yoga
With Miami’s fantastic outdoor space and enviable year round weather, what better place to get some zen then the great outdoors? Grab a mat and head to your backyard or patio for some namastes, or join one of the enlightening outdoor yoga classes held throughout the city — plus most are free or just a few dollars to join! Try an early morning Saturday class at the New World Center, a complimentary yoga session in Peacock Park on Tuesdays, or an almost daily outdoor yoga session a Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park.