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Six tips for an Earth Day at home

Photo by Yathursan Gunaratnam

Earth Day celebrates the power of the individual to act on environmental protection — a cause that’s super close to our hearts at Trees That Count. The Earth Day movement began in 1970, and as we face the increased threat of climate change, it’s never been more relevant. An indoor Earth Day might seem counter-intuitive, but we think there are heaps of ways to focus on our beautiful planet from the comfort of your couch. Here’s our top six:


Enjoy some lit-tree-ture

Grab an e-book if you’re tech savvy, or get your orders in to your local bookshop in advance to be couriered out when restrictions move to Level Three. Here are a few that we love:

  • The Overstory, Richard Powers
  • The Meaning of Trees, Robert Vennell
  • Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori
  • The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
  • The Last Tree, Emily Haworth-Booth
  • Or this lovely collection of tree poems on New Zealand’s PoetryShelf

Watch and learn

We know your favourite drama series is calling, but why not check out some of the outstanding environmental content that’s already on your subscription channels or free to air? James Muir’s New Zealand doco Mauri o te Kauri is a moving reflection on these giants, and Happen Films' Fools and Dreamers is the ultimate regeneration inspiration.

Study up

Earth Day is a great time to research how to kick your native planting dreams into action this year by spending some time getting familiar with our planting resources. Learn how to plan projects effectively, or how to plant a native tree!

Give something back

If you’re able, the cost of your regular coffee will make a real difference. And, of course, for the cost of just two coffees you can gift a native tree to a loved one and we’ll get it planted in Aotearoa.

Get the kids involved

Whether it's bringing native birds and trees to life by colouring in, cutting and pasting their own natural habitat, a classic like leaf rubbings, or a game of Tree Snap — there are some great ways to connect kids with the environment from the indoors.

Spread the word

Your ability to spread the word is powerful, whether it's social media or a good old-fashioned phone call. Sharing ideas to rebuild our planet will be central to how we move forward; and you’re a part of that! 

Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi: as an old net withers, another is remade.