July 16, 2019

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

(Franklin, GA) — On Earth Day 2019, enjoy the lovely smell of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside, no matter the weather!

Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. Millions of people participated, and today, Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated.

Common Earth Day activities include planting trees, cleaning up litter, or simply enjoying nature through hiking, gardening, or taking a stroll in a local park.

Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Plant wildflowers.

  • Go native! Plants thrive best when they’re natural to your area.

  • Bring nature into the garden with plants that attract butterflies and plants that attract hummingbirds.

  • Invite native bees to your garden. These are the bees that pollinate your plants for more flowers and food! Perhaps add a native bee house to your backyard.

  • Start an organic vegetable garden. Conserve water.

  • Clean up your community by organizing a group to pick up litter in a local park or roadway.

  • Talk to your local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property.

  • Cut back on plastic consumption.

  • Recycle in the garden by reusing plant pots and containers.

Join the members of the James Stewart Chapter in the observance of Earth Day on April 22 and National Arbor Day on April 26th.

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