The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. It was promoted as a “teach-in on the environment” by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson. Thousands of colleges and universities across the U.S. organized events to bring awareness of the declining state of the environment.
That first Earth Day changed the way we view the world and live our lives every day. Today Earth Day is celebrated around the world by hundreds of millions of people.
Learn more about the history of Earth Day and ways to get involved at the Earth Day Network.
So, what can we, as gardeners, do to help? It is easier than you think. Here are five simple practices you can use in your garden to make a difference.
- Create habitat for birds and pollinators. Damage to the environment negatively impacts the populations of birds and pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Plant plenty of nectar and host plants to create a vibrant habitat for them.
- Support local growers. Shop for plants from local greenhouse growers and farmer’s markets. This can greatly reduce carbon emissions created when transporting goods over long distances. It also boosts your local economy.
- Use natural mulch, such as straw, shredded bark, or leaves, in your garden instead of petroleum based black plastic.
- Compost. Reduce waste while giving your garden the nutrients it needs to grow lush and healthy plants.
- Use rain barrels to collect water for your garden. Eliminate runoff and cut down on debris and chemicals entering your local watershed.
Keep these tips in mind as you plan your gardens this year. By simply taking a few of these small steps, we can all make a difference.
Earth Day information: http://www.earthday.org
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