Caring for nature, plants and the planet is an important part of our own health as well as the Earth’s health. Each of us plays a vital role in the health of the planet, whether that’s buying more Earth friendly products or picking up litter. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Restore Our Earth” and occurs on April 22, 2021. You can find a list of Earth Day activities near you by visiting earthday.org. If getting out in public is not an option just yet, consider these Earth Day activities you can enjoy in your yard or community!
Plastic clean up. One of the best ways to connect with the Earth is through cleanups! Go on a walk with a trash bag and help to clean up any plastic that you find. You’ll start to realize that plastic permeates every aspect of our lives. Don’t forget to recycle the plastic you find!
Plant a tree. Trees capture carbon, cool overheated places, benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission, and boost local economies. Talk to your local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces or consider planting your own.
Speaking of garden, support our pollinators! Bring native bees and other pollinating creatures to your garden. One way to do this is by selecting the right plants.
Swap out your family’s kitchen and household products. Think 100% recycled aluminum foil, chemical-free parchment paper for baking, compostable bags.
Get the kids involved. Pass down a love of nature and plants to kids. There are lots of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences outside. Check out some of these family friendly ideas.
Organizers in Nashville are planning Earth Day activities that will take place at Centennial Park on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Learn more here!