April 22 is Earth Day. According to the Earth Day website, this day “marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.” The theme of #EarthDay this year is “Invest in Our Planet”.
Today is the perfect occasion to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has these suggestions to celebrate Earth Day:
- Support our pollinators – Bring native bees and other pollinating creatures to green spaces.
- Clean up plastic in your neighborhood or local park – Go on a walk with a trash bag and help to clean up any plastic that you find.
- Swap out your kitchen and household products – Adopt biodegradable products that do not use chemicals or plastics (for instance “If You Care” articles).
- Plant a tree – Talk to your local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or go out and plant a tree yourself.
- Use wildflowers and native plants – Grow native plants to attract pollinators and birds.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle – If you have a garden, reuse, recycle, or return old plastic pots and trays, and plant biodegradable pots right into the ground.
- Stop pesticides and chemicals in the garden – Control pests without chemicals and attract beneficial insects.
- Conserve water – Harvest rainwater from the sky and your roof and gutters with a rain barrel.
- Think about your diet – Avoid wasting food, and care about your “foodprint,” the result of everything it takes to get your food from the farm to your plate.
- Get kids involved – Pass down a love of nature and plants to kids.
Details on how to accomplish these activities can be found on The Old Farmer’s Almanac website. Happy Earth Day 2023!