Each year on April 22, groups and individuals celebrate Earth Day by demonstrating support for environmental protection. Protecting our earth is more important now than it has ever been. Here are a few things you can do to celebrate Earth Day and continue into the future to help protect our planet:
Plastic permeates every aspect of our lives and is working its way into our soil and waterways. Help reduce the impact of plastic by recycling what you can and assisting with the cleanup of local ditches, parks, and drainage areas. Celebrate Earth Day with your friends or family by going on a walk with a trash bag to collect any plastic you find.
Plant a Tree
After the 2020 derecho devastated the tree canopy in Linn County, groups have been working diligently to replant and replace the trees lost. You can help in this effort by planting a new tree in your yard. Trees help capture carbon, support pollinators, provide shade, reduce the risk of disease transmission, benefit agriculture, and more making them a vital resource in the protection of our planet.
Embrace Wildflowers and Native Plants
Wildflowers and native plants do double duty by adding beauty to your yard or garden while attracting native and beneficial insects. These insects help with pest control and pollination, which means bigger flowers and better harvests for you!
We waste a lot of water. You can help conserve water by taking shorter showers, fixing leaky faucets, and collecting rainwater for outdoor use. Rain barrels can help with the collection of rainwater for use in gardening and watering your lawn.
Get the Whole Family Involved
People of all ages can benefit from learning about sustainable life habits. From sustainable fashion to composting to alternate transportation, there are opportunities for everyone to help protect the environment. Teach your kids about recycling and encourage them to take the lead with it. This will help make recycling a family habit, which in turn helps our planet.