Earth Day is perhaps the most celebrated day of action across the globe.An estimated 1 billion people in over 192 countries participate in Earth Day related activities. From political activism to planting trees and picking up trash, everyone is encouraged to find a way to pitch in. No matter how small the contribution, it still makes a big difference. So join Digital Addicts in celebrating the 48th annual Earth Day this Sunday!
Earth Day 2018 Events
Pokemon GO Earth Day Cleanup
Whenever Pokemon GO developer Niantic introduces something new, it’s usually focused on ways to catch a cheater in their game world. However, on special occasions, the developer will create community events to keep things fresh. These community events are used to help tie the real world into Pokemon GO’s game world. To celebrate Earth Day, Niantic will be partnering with several non-government organizations to host cleanup events around the world.
The 72 cleanup events are located in 21 countries, and will primarily take place in public parks and beaches. Players who would like to participate in these events will need to register with local organizations prior to attending. As a bonus for participating in the Earth Day event, Niantic will reward players with additional Stardust for all Water, Grass, and Ground-type Pokemon caught in the following two days. Double Stardust if more than 1,500 players attend the event, and Triple Stardust if 3,000 players are reached.
Staples Green Event
Staples will also be hosting an Earth Day event this year. From April 22 to April 28, customers will be able to recycle old electronics at any Staples location. Participants in this recycling event will be awarded a $10 coupon, usable on any purchase of $30 or more. So if you’ve been holding on to an old fax machine or cell phone, consider recycling it at your local Staples store next week.
Reducing Your Environmental Footprint
Aside from participating in Earth Day events like the ones above, there are plenty of other ways you can help the environment. And one of those ways is conserving the energy you use on a daily basis. Luckily, there are tons of great tech items to help you conserve energy and reduce your environmental footprint. Check out a few of our favorites below.
Phillips Hue Lights
These Wi-Fi connected light bulbs can be connected to your smartphone and can even change colors. But most importantly, you can turn them on or off from anywhere. Lets say you accidentally leave your house before turning off all your lights. Well, if you have your Phillips Hue Lights connected to your smartphone, you can turn them off with a touch of a button.
If you want to get the most out of these energy saving light bulbs, you can also install the Phillips Hue Motion Sensor. This motion sensor plugs directly into any outlet in the room, automatically turning on the lights when it detects movement, and more importantly, turning them off when no movement is detected. This is the best way to ensure that you’re never wasteful when it comes to electricity.
Blossom Smart Sprinkler
The Blossom Smart Sprinkler incorporates everything that makes a home sprinkler system convenient, while also conserving as much water as possible. To compare, a standard sprinkler system is set to activate on a set schedule. However, unless the owner manually changes that schedule, the sprinklers could activate on a rainy day. The Blossom, on the other hand, is Wi-Fi connected and uses live weather updates to determine when to activate the sprinklers. Saving you money and conserving water for the environment.
What are your plans for celebrating Earth Day this year? Let us know in the comments below.