On Earth Day 2020, enjoy the lovely smell of fresh air, clean up some litter, plant a tree, or simply enjoy companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside, no matter the weather!
What is Earth Day?
Ever wondered how Earth Day started?
The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. The idea was to raise awareness about our role in protecting our natural world.
It’s hard to believe today but many people were not aware of some serious environmental issues—from air pollution to toxic dumps to pesticides to loss of wilderness.
It started out as more of a political movement, though today it was become a popular day for many communities to clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on nature.
It was in 1970, that Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and an activist John McConnell separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22.
O Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.
Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated. The focus of Earth Day 2019 is protection of Earth species.
When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22. It’s followed closely by Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April.
|2020||Wednesday, April 22|
|2021||Thursday, April 22|
|2022||Friday, April 22|
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10 Earth Day Activities and Ideas
The “green things growing” whisper me
Of many an earth-old mystery.
–Eben Eugene Rexford
Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to inspire you!
- Plant wildflowers! Read our article on whih native wildflowers to plant. Also, see our video demonstrating how to grow wildflowers!
- Go native! Plants thrive best when they’re natural to your area. See our article on native plant landscaping and 10 tips for an eco-friendly garden.
- 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. Here are tips on organic seed-starting, and our Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening to get you started.
- Conserve water! See our tips for watering wisely in the garden and tips on how to create your own rain garden.
- Also, avoid over-watering. Know how much your garden really needs with our watering chart! Watch our video demonstrating 10 smart watering tips for a healthy garden garden.
- 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! See advice on how to plant a tree as well a our video demonstrating how to plant a fruit tree.
- Cut back on plastic consumption! I know in our town we can recycle plastics “1” and “2.” See a Plastics Recycling Chart.
- Plus, consider how to reduce dependency on bottled water and drinks. Know what’s in all those bottled drinks!
- Recycle in the garden! See our videos on how to reuse plant pots and containers and other items you can recycle and reuse in the garden.
- And here’s how to reuse in the kitchen and reuse in the home and re-purpose everyday household items!
Earth Day Quotes and Poetry
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.
Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels.
–The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac
How do you celebrate Earth Day? Share in the comments below!