There are many ways you can take part.
The Focus for 2019
This year, the focus for Earth Day as set out by www.EarthDay.org is “Protect Our Species.” With a list including the bees, coral reefs, insects, trees, birds, fish, and other wildlife flora and fauna, there are plenty of individual causes you can get behind.
Planting something is the best way to help the Earth while helping our environment. Many people choose to plant a tree or join a group that plants trees, especially since Earth Day falls so close to the date of the original Arbor Day. But trees aren’t the only thing you can plant.
For example, to help the bees, plant a bee garden. Choose to plant single bloom flowers and have plants that flower year-round. Include hyacinth and wild lilac in the Spring, hostas and bee balm in the Summer, and zinnias and asters in the Fall. The plants with single blooms provide more nectar than those with double blooms.
If you use a lot of herbs, plant an herb garden. There’s nothing like cooking with fresh herbs. A great appetizer is sliced fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and basil from the garden. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper and salt. YUM!
Read Your Pesticide Ingredients
If at all possible, only use pesticides that are made with all natural ingredients. Especially stay away from pesticides using neonicotinoids. It is believed that insecticides made with this ingredient are contributing to the decline in bee activity.
Clean It Up
Check with your local government to see if there is a cleanup event. Parks and waterways are a typical focus for these events. Helping to keep your area clean not only keeps the aesthetics up and the value of the area higher, but it also helps keep local wildlife healthy.
If you don’t already, try using a reusable water bottle or a reusable coffee cup. Keeping those plastic bottles and styrofoam cups out of the landfills will definitely help the environment.