Conservation // 6 min Read

50 Years of Earth Day

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Earth Day occurs April 22 every year, and while most of us won’t be venturing into the great outdoors to celebrate Earth Day in a traditional sense, we can still celebrate at home with the rest of the world.

Below are 15 activities you can do to help the planet while staying at home.

1) Schedule a litter pick up. Pick a place in Beaufort County where you can safely pick up litter while social distancing. This could be something as simple as picking up litter in a parking lot or while you’re on a stroll around the Bluff.

2) Conduct a plastic audit in your kitchen. Count all the nonessential plastic bags, wraps, packaging, and containers. Through some online research, can you find planet-friendly alternatives? If not, you can write a letter or email to your favorite snack company asking them to change their packaging to plant-based options.

3) When supporting local restaurants and purchasing takeout during shelter-in-place, ask the hostess to skip the plastic cutlery and plastic bags. When you go out to eat after restaurants reopen, bring your own reusable containers for bringing leftovers home.

4) Consider ways to reduce your plastic consumption. Pick one household item and see if you can switch to a plastic-free version. For example, trade out your bottle of shampoo for a shampoo bar. Nourish on Hilton Head has some great options. You can find them here.

5) Donate to environmental and conservation-based organizations! You can support organizations that have global outreach, work nationally, or focus their work locally.

6) Write letters to your representatives. Pick an environmental issue (or several issues!) that are near and dear to your heart and write your state representative and senators explaining how they can help the cause.

7) A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by an individual through daily activities. You can calculate your annual carbon footprint here. Can you find small, daily changes to help you reduce your greenhouse gas emissions?

8) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that reducing consumption of meat is a primary way of reducing your carbon footprint and mitigating climate change. Pick one day of the week to go without meat – perhaps a Meatless Monday! Try this for a month and see what kind of new cuisines you discover! Here are some of our favorite vegetarian cookbooks:

Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry

Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

9) Did you know you can make your own household cleaners, which reduces packaging materials AND omits the use of harsh chemicals? It’s amazing what a little bit of vinegar and essential oils can do! Here is a great website to get you started.

10) Walk around your house and see how many plants you can identify in your landscaping. You can use iNaturalist to help with identification. You can also contact the Conservancy at info@pbconservancy.org to learn more! Compare the number of non-native plants to native plants. Native plants have more value to wildlife and can be used for similar landscaping purposes as most non-native plants. Can you create a plan to transition your landscaping to mostly native plants?

11) Insect populations are in decline across the globe. Convert one of your flower beds into a perennial pollinator garden to help feed wildlife. Try to use as many native plants as you can. Click the links below for some really great tips:

Clemson Cooperative Extension Home & Garden Information Center

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Want to learn more about which native plants are important for pollinators? Email info@pbconservancy.org to learn more.

12) Watch a nature or environmental documentary while social distancing. Here are some of our favorites:

Private Life of Plants

Before the Flood

• Night on Earth

• Our Planet

• Artifishal

• Planet Earth I and II

• Chasing Coral

• Borders

• The River and the Wall

• Blue Planet I and II

• Life in Cold Blood

• Life in the Undergrowth

Many more suggestions (and where to watch them) can be found here.

13) Are your kids spending most of their time in front of a screen? Here are some online games that can be fun as well as educational:

Eco: An online game where players must collaborate to build a civilization in a world where everything they do affects the environment. All resources come from a simulated ecosystem. Work together with the player-run government and economy to build the technology to stop a meteor on a collision course with the planet – without polluting the world and killing it off in the process.

Evolution: Predators lurk. Food is scarce. Will you adapt – or go extinct? Evolution is an addictive, immersive, easy-to-learn strategy game for new and experienced players alike. Evolve to survive, learn to thrive, and watch out for fearsome apex species on Evolution Island.

Niche – A Genetic Survival Game: A turn-based strategy game combined with simulation and survival elements. Shape your own species of animals based on real genetics. Keep your species alive against all odds, such as predators, climate change, and spreading sickness.

Planet Zoo: Build a world for wildlife in Planet Zoo. Construct detailed habitats, manage your zoo, and meet the needs of both the animals and park guests in this management-based game.

Tyto Ecology: You are given the power to build your own ecosystem while learning the principle of the life sciences. You must think critically and problem-solve to balance a beautifully simulated biome, where your decisions determine if life succeeds or fails.

14) Did you know that 100% of hunting and fishing licenses go towards state conservation? This is a great way to fund local conservation – even if you don’t hunt or fish! You can purchase a South Carolina hunting or fishing license here.

15) Use iNaturalist when you go out in the yard, through your neighborhood, or down a trail. iNaturalist is a citizen science app that allows users to submit observations of plants and animals for the global community. Your observations catalog when and where these plants and animals are located, which benefits the efforts of researchers and land managers alike. Another great thing about iNaturalist? The global community can help you identify what you catalog!

You can also contact the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy at info@pbconservancy.org to learn more.

Food & Wine
A Freshly Picked Summer Recipe

What’s more “summer” than tomatoes from the garden? Or, in Palmetto Bluff’s case–tomatoes from The Farm? We asked our newest addition to the Palmetto Bluff Club’s culinary team, Chef Beth, to share a classic summer staple from her library of recipes: Fattouche...

Jul 2024

Culture
Meet Palmetto Bluff Club Members Pat and Patti Henry

How did you two meet? Patti: We actually met in college but never dated. We went to Auburn University and both moved to Atlanta after graduation. He was in graduate school at Emory, and I worked as a nurse at Emory’s Children’s Hospital. Pat: Our friend grou...

Jul 2024

Waterways
Your Complete Guide to Palmetto Bluff’s Waterways

Boat The Bluff: South Carolina Waterways Imagine gliding through serene, glassy waters surrounded by lush marshlands and maritime forests. Welcome to Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina—a paradise for nature enthusiasts, water sports aficionados, and anyone seekin...

Jul 2024

Culture
Oh My Stars And Stripes

Photography by Charlotte Zacharkiw The fourth of July is the highlight of the Palmetto Bluff calendar. Follow along with the Truslow family on this magical summer day.  Neal and Lauren Truslow come to Palmetto Bluff as often as they can. Their kids...

Jun 2024

Conservation
Preserving Paradise: The Mission of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy

Protecting Nature and History at Palmetto Bluff In the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry lies Palmetto Bluff, a sanctuary of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant ecosystems. Since its establishment in 2003, the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy has been dedi...

Jun 2024

Waterways
Slow Boat to Beaufort

Photography by Gately Williams Cruise Control Palmetto Bluff lies at the heart of the vast network of rivers and creeks that connect the South Carolina Lowcountry’s barrier islands. A stone’s throw from the notable cultural and historic hubs of Savannah, B...

Jun 2024

Real Estate
Behind the Bluff: A Journey with Palmetto Bluff Real Estate Sales Executive Tracy Schyberg

Tracy’s Journey to Palmetto Bluff Real Estate Situated in the heart of Bluffton, South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff is more than just a community—it's a place of magic and wonder. For Tracy Schyberg, a dedicated sales executive with the Palmetto Bluff Real Estate...

Jun 2024

Architecture & Design
Your Complete Guide to Lowcountry Landscaping

Enhancing Coastal Living With Lowcountry Landscaping Trends The Lowcountry lies along the southeastern coast of the United States, a region known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and unique culture. From the charming streets of Charleston to the...

Jun 2024

Real Estate
Neighborhood Spotlight: Moreland Forest

Palmetto Bluff Real Estate Available in Moreland Forest Nestled in the heart of the Lowcountry, Moreland Forest is a charming neighborhood known for its beautiful natural surroundings, Lowcountry architecture, and luxurious amenities. Within the lush forests ...

Jun 2024

Real Estate
Real Estate Sales Report: Palmetto Bluff’s First Quarter Update

Real Estate in Bluffton SC: Trends, Updates, and Insights Positioned amidst the serene Lowcountry landscape of South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff stands as a beacon of luxury and natural beauty, attracting discerning homebuyers seeking an unparalleled lifestyle. ...

May 2024

CURIOUS ABOUT LIFE AT THE BLUFF?

Sign up for our newsletter

LIVE
Community Villages
Experience
Palmetto Bluff Club
On The Water
The Arts Initiative
Events
Conserve
About Us