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Responsibly social distancing yourself from others during the coronavirus pandemic can leave some people feeling a bit bewildered. If you are staying home and find yourself with unplanned free time, it’s a wonderful opportunity to direct your attention to planet-friendly activities.

Watch informative and entertaining videos. Sign online petitions. Whip up scrumptious plant-based recipes. Or try some upcycling projects — perhaps upcycling kitchen scraps into fresh plants. Here are a few ideas to help you make good use of your time while you’re staying home.

Work in Your Garden

Whether planting food for yourself or providing valuable resources for wildlife, efforts devoted to enhancing your outdoor spaces are well worthwhile.

Want to attract birds, bees, and pollinators?

Thinking about growing your own food? Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

Write Emails, Sign Petitions, & Read Informative Newsletters

From home, peruse the wealth of environmental advocacy organizations working on issues that are important to you. Many feature online petitions and email suggestions related to specific issues.

  • Sign up for newsletters from your favorite environmental advocacy organizations.
  • Use your keyboard to share opinions on issues you feel are vital to protecting the planet. Write emails to lawmakers and business executives. Express appreciation for eco-friendly endeavors you applaud. Protest practices you disagree with.

Examples of the wide array of organizations focusing on planet-protection issues include:

If you are able, consider donating to your favorite nonprofit organizations, such as those continuing to fight climate change during the pandemic.

Upcycle & Repurpose

You’re feeling artsy. Or you want to accomplish a home improvement project. Look around your house. Perhaps the supplies you need are stored in your attic. Or your junk drawer. Or your recycling bin.

For example, make your own solar oven with instructions from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The design employs household items, including plastic milk container, aluminum foil, and wire hangers.

Have old T-shirts, shoe boxes, hangers, aluminum cans and other items you’d like to upcycle? Check out these resources for inspiration:

At Recycleart, you can sign up for free upcycling tutorials or upload your own upcycling guide to share. They also offer items for purchase that are made with upcycled materials.

family making healthy meal
Another planet-friendly activity? Make a plant-based meal together. Image: Adobe Stock

Widen Your Repertoire of Plant-based Recipes

If you’re at home, you’re probably spending extra time in the kitchen. It’s an ideal opportunity to try some scrumptious vegan dishes.

Interested in culinary training? Check out Rouxbe online courses.

Fun, Education, & Entertainment

Ready for some learning and personal enrichment? Or perhaps you need to take a break and relax. Here are some great resources.

Are you staying home and social distancing?

By Patti Roth

Patti began her writing career as a staff writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Still based in Florida, Patti serves as editor for Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. She regularly writes about environmental, home improvement, education, recycling, art, architecture, wildlife, travel and pet topics.