It wasn’t until 1970 with the issues of global warming and environmental degradation looming that Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator was able to successfully have ‘Earth Day’ proclaimed on April 22. This date was chosen as it didn’t interfere with any national holidays. Earth Day is also celebrated initially at March Equinox when many communities observe an hour without electricity.
Image from the Canadian Wildlife Federation website
Some things you can do to celebrate environmental awareness and not just on April 22, but every day:
• reduce your carbon footprint by walking and cycling more
• be turtle aware; drive carefully near wetlands (7 of Ontario’s 8 turtle species are on the endangered list)
• reduce water consumption; use rain barrels for watering gardens and plant drought tolerant species
• adhere to the Four Rs; reduce, reuse, recycle and re-purpose
• buy local and organic; support local farmers
• reduce carbon emissions; use electric lawn mowers, weed whackers and consider some of the new and improved reel mowers on the market
• be a conscientious ecotourist; support natural areas of local communities
• provide shelter and food for birds, butterflies and other wildlife; plant native shrubs and flowers that the wildlife has evolved with
• get out and enjoy nature; visit walking trails, parks, an arboretum and public gardens
• connect the children in your life with nature; take them to a local farm, visit a pond to see frogs develop from tadpoles, walk in a meadow of wildflowers or help them plant a garden
• join your local garden club or field naturalists; learn and experience more about nature and wildlife with experts and like-minded people
Happy Earth Day fellow bloggers!