#RestoreTomorrowChallenge: Go Green With Us!

In honor of Earth Day 2021, we’re challenging all of our Weather by Tomorrow users to participate in the #RestoreTomorrowChallenge. In the week leading up to Earth Day, we’re challenging you with a green activity for each day. While the challenges may seem small, they make a significant impact on a better world tomorrow. 

Restore Tomorrow Challenge 

Day 1: Make reusable swaps 

Day 2: Eat plant-based today 

Day 3: Take a shorter shower 

Day 4: Compost at home 

Day 5: Follow an environmental, social media account 

Day 6: Make coffee at home 

Day 7: Calculate your carbon footprint 

Day 8: Share a photo of beautiful outdoor scenery 

We’d love to see you participating in these green efforts. Be sure to share your thoughts and photos with us on Twitter and Instagram, using #RestoreTomorrowChallenge. 

Daily Challenge Breakdown

Day 1: Make reusable swaps 

Single-use plastic and styrofoam have taken over the planet. EarthDay.org reports that nearly half a billion plastic straws are used every day globally. About 1 trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. 

Small swaps can make a huge difference. Instead of drinking from single-use plastic bottles, start using a reusable bottle. Some additional reusable items include metal straws, cloth shopping bags, cloth produce bags, beeswax paper, and silicone sandwich bags. 

Day 2: Eat plant-based today 

A report published by The Lancet said that eating more plants could reduce the impacts of climate change. Researchers found that food production is responsible for up to 30 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, with animal products responsible for about three-quarters of these effects. 

Photo by Pablo de la Fuente on Unsplash

Do the planet a favor and cook a delicious plant-based meal! Don’t forget to share your creative meals with us using  #RestoreTomorrowChallenge on Twitter. 

Day 3: Take a shorter shower 

Boston University researchers said an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. Shortening your showers by even only two minutes can cut your water waste by 10 gallons. 

Day 4: Compost at home 

Organic waste (like food waste) in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas. By composting food and other organic matter, methane gases are reduced significantly. If you like to garden — the compost will help your plants flourish! 

Composting
Photo by Patricia Valério on Unsplash

Not sure how to compost? Or live in an apartment? Read this guide on how to compost

Day 5: Follow an environmental, social media account 

Here are some examples:

  1. Anne Hidalgo:The first female Mayor of Paris, France, prioritizes the environment in her initiatives such as new cycling lanes, managing cigarette litter, and adding 200 new green spaces. She displays her environmental efforts on Instagram. 
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio: Leonardo is an actor by day, an environmentalist by night. He founded The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation in 1998, dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of Earth.  
  3. Oceana: Oceana is an organization solely focused on oceans, dedicated to finding measurable change via specific scientific-based campaigns. Oceana has already achieved 100 victories and protected more than 1 million square miles of the ocean. 
  4. Greta Thunberg: Greta is a young Swedish environmental activist who challenges world leaders to fight climate change. 
  5. World Resources Institute: The World Resources Institute aims to move society to live in ways that protect the environment and provide a sustainable future for future generations. It focuses on six critical issues: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities & transportation. 

Day 6: Make coffee at home 

Research shows that Americans use 120 billion disposable cups each year. Disposable cups generate 2.2 billion pounds of waste, use 35 billion gallons of water, and kill 11 million trees. By replacing a disposable cup with a reusable mug (or making coffee at home), you prevent 23 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions, save 281 gallons of water, and save one tree from being chopped down. 

Day 7: Calculate your carbon footprint

Your carbon footprint is the total output of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product, or person. Measuring your carbon footprint allows you to take steps to lower your greenhouse gas emissions. 

There are multiple resources online that will calculate your household’s carbon footprint. The Nature Conservancy offers a simple tool here

Day 8: Share a photo of beautiful outdoor scenery 

The final day of the #RestoreTomorrowChallenge marks Earth Day! On this day, we want to see your favorite beautiful shots of outdoor scenery. Share favorite outdoor photos with us on Twitter so that we can revel in the beauty of Earth together!

Sunset captured on Block Island, Rhode Island.