Five things to do for Earth Day

As you may or may not be aware, Earth Day is today. Usually the day will consist of churches and local organizations going out and picking up trash along a river, walking trail, or road. While this can be good, it doesn’t last very long. Here are five ways you can make a lasting contribution this Earth Day.

Plant a vegetable garden
While this may sound like a lot of work (and it can be), it provides you, your family and friends with good food. It’s can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be, and it improves your general health. Make it a family experience to teach kids about taking care of themselves and nature.

Reduce your carbon footprint
This has always been one of those, “I would if I knew how to” kind of things for me.
Carbonfund illustrates that if we drive smarter (maintaining a speed, anticipate stops and turns), travel better (combine trips, walk short distances, telecommute), and make your office greener (open windows for cool air, print on both sides of paper) we can reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gasses.

Start a weekly nature walk
You read that mother nature needs protecters and guardians, but whose going to take up the role if no one enjoys her? Start a weekly nature walk by yourself or with a significant other. Not only does walking and the outdoors help relieve stress, but you’ll better appreciate the natural world around you, even if it’s just a flower on the side of the street.

Plant a tree
People enjoy working on things together, so why not get your community together to plant a new row of trees? The best part is that you can all decide what kind of trees to plant. Fruit trees? Why not. How about a couple pretty Dogwoods? Sounds good to me!

Eat locally grown produce
It’s getting to the time of year where town farmers markets are opening back up again. For most of these farmers, selling their crops at the market is how they make a lot of their money. You should buy from them not just to support their business, but because local food tastes pretty dang good. So, treat yo self y’all.  

By James Kennedy