Invest in Our Planet 2023 – Earth Day

What exactly is Earth Day and why is it April 22nd? Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970, and supports environmental protection. The theme for this year is Invest in our Planet. Though originally focused in the United States, in 1990 events were scheduled internationally with 141 nations participating. Interestingly enough, April 22nd was picked in an attempt to maximize college campus participation and it was generally after school exams and spring breaks. It also did not conflict with Easter or Passover and was late enough in spring to have decent weather.

Need ideas to help participate, consider the following.

Support our Pollinators by bringing native bees and other pollinating creatures to your garden.

Clean up Plastic in Your Neighborhood or Local Park by going on a walk in your neighborhood with a trash bag and pick up plastic or trash you find.

Swap out Your Kitchen and Household Products for “If You Care” products that are biodegradable and do not use chemicals or plastic. They are 100% recycled, chemical-free, and include vegetable-based inks.

Plant a Tree that can capture carbon, cool overheated places benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission, and boost local economies. One oak tree brings in more insects and bird species than an entire yard of plants.

Use Wildflowers and Native Plants which can attract native and beneficial insects that improve both pest control and pollination.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in the Garden by returning old plastic pots and trays or buying biodegradable pots that you plant directly into the ground.

Stop Pesticides and Chemicals in the Garden by using organic soil amendments to turn your poor garden soil into a nutrient-rich paradise in which plants can thrive. 


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