Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrate the Earth!

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day.  Earth Day is a day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.  Earth Day is no coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.  In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.

There are many ways to celebrate the Earth, through beautifying it and committing to conserving its beauty, while fighting pollution and waste.  You can do this as a community, a family or an individual.  The important thing is to show your appreciation of the Earth on this day and to find a way to improve our planet every day.

Some ways to celebrate include:

Plant a tree.   Planting trees helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and they provide  habitat for a variety of animals.  A nice shade tree can even lower your cooling bill by providing shade over your house.

Plant or renew a vegetable garden.  Even someone with a very small yard or with no yard can discover ways to produce their own vegetables.  A healthy organic garden is pesticide free and saves money.

Visit a recycling facility. Find ways to improve how you recycle and put a plan into effect.

Beautify.  Plant flowers for a community center or a non-profit organization.

Attend an Earth Day event.  Search your local guides. There's sure to be something planned in your area.

Take a walk, pick up trash and do your part.

Spread the love.  Give someone you know a plant.

However you choose to celebrate this beautiful plant, do it with conviction.

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