World Earth Day

To restore Earth, we need to restore a healthy balance of CO₂

Today is World Earth Day, first held on April 22, 1970, it is now in it's 51st year, now including a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG

Earth Day is recognised as the largest civic event in the world. ... Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. The day aims to raise awareness among masses about climate change and global warming. The day inspires to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation.

The theme for this year – the second Earth Day Live digital event - is: Restore our Earth.

Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to inspire you this year. 

1. SUPPORT OUR POLLINATORS! 

Bring native bees and other pollinating creatures to your garden. One way to do this is by selecting the right plants.

2. CLEAN UP PLASTIC IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR LOCAL PARK

One of the best ways to connect with the Earth is through cleanups! Go on a walk with a bin bag and help to clean up any plastic that you find. 

3. SWAP OUT YOUR KITCHEN AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS!

The cooking and cleaning products that touch the food we eat as well as our skin. Swap clingfilm for beeswax wraps, cleaning products for natural plastic free products.

4. PLANT A TREE!

We love our trees! They capture carbon, cool overheated places, benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission, and boost local economies.

5. USE WILDFLOWERS AND NATIVE PLANTS

Wildflowers and indigenous species are not only beautiful but also attract native and beneficial insects that improve both pest control and pollination—meaning bigger flowers and bigger harvests.

6. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE IN THE GARDEN

Caring about yourself and nature means being less wasteful and saving money, too. Who could argue with this?

7. STOP PESTICIDES AND CHEMICALS IN THE GARDEN

Most of the beginner gardeners whom we meet want to start growing without chemicals or pesticides—in a way that works and even saves money. Much of this is simply about focusing less on the plant and more on the health of the soil that supports the plant. If it’s nutrient-rich with organic matter, plants thrive, make your own compost from kitchen scraps and garden waste.

8. CONSERVE WATER!

We waste a lot of water. Avoid overwatering your plants and improve their health by knowing how much your garden need 

Avoid watering your garden vegetables and plants from overhead, which invites fungal disease. Water at the soil level.  

9. THINK ABOUT YOUR DIET!

About one-third of the food that we produce every year goes to waste annually! Usually, this happens after we buy the food. How do we avoid waste in our own lives (and save money)? Also, how can we improve our diet so that it’s healthier for ourselves (and the planet)? One way is to care about your “foodprint,” which is the result of everything that it takes to get your food from the farm to your plate. That doesn't mean going full vegan, but perhaps reducing the amount of meat, fish and diary, and making sure it is sustainable and fruit and veg is local and seasonal.

10. GET KIDS INVOLVED!

Pass down a love of nature and plants to kids. There are lots of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences outside, litter picking with a picker not fingers! Buy them flower bombs or veggie seeds so that they can grow their own plants and veggies, my kids love seeing the journey the plants go on.

 

Little things can make a difference, bigger changes make a bigger difference make a lifetime change rather than just a day change.