Earth Day began in the U.S. in 1970 to be celebrated on April 22nd, but in fact, it is celebrated year-round. I would like to provide projects and ways for you to honor and celebrate Earth Day with you and your family.
Today over 1 billion people take some kind of action during Earth Week to improve our environment.
Earth Day projects are a great way to introduce children to ways they can help to save our planet so that they can contribute, and make an impact.
With global warming and our environment changing rapidly it is critical that we each do our part to impact the earth in a positive way.
How to Celebrate Earth Day Year-Round
What you can do on Earth Day to make an impact
- Educate your children and grandchildren on what Earth Day is and how they can make an impact.
- Ask your family how they would like to celebrate Earth Day.
- Involve your family in a small project that can be done today that can make an impact. Such as planting some seeds indoors that can be later planted outdoors (Peas, Beans, and Flower seeds).
- Buy a few plants or flowers that you can plant in your yard and also share one with neighbors.
- Plant a tree to dedicate to a lost family member or pet to honor them and Earth Day.
- Show them how to take an old object and repurpose it for reuse instead of throwing it away.
- Make a pledge to reduce waste by eliminating the use of plastic such as straws, and plastic utensils.
- Buy or build a composter to put your food scraps in and later add to garden soil instead of throwing them in the garbage.
- Dedicate an area in your yard for a garden where you can grow your own vegetable and fruit garden.
- Go on a walk in your neighborhood to get ideas on how you can improve your yard and garden.
Projects that you can do year-round to help our environment
- Design an area in your yard dedicated to growing your own vegetables and fruit.
- Incorporate vegetable plants and herbs into your flower beds.
- Build a pollinator garden to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators to your yard.
- Build a raised bed to dedicate to your vegetable garden.
- Make a list of projects to do year-round to reuse, and repurpose items that would go in the trash for use in your yard and house.
- Build a sharing library where you can share books with others in your neighborhood.
Lifestyle changes that can make Earth Day a year-round celebration
Plant trees and nurture them to grow into a forest like the one below that will be here for our children’s children.
- Grow an organic garden
- Rescue food that normally goes into the waste.
- Implement ways to reduce your carbon footprint
- Educate your family and friends on what you have done to make these changes
- Take one step at a time to reduce your carbon footprint
- Use your yard to help reduce carbon dioxide by planting plants to help the earth
- Grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit in your yard along with plants and flowers to become more self-sufficient
- Find ways to repurpose those items that you are throwing away to reduce the amount of waste
- Compost as many food materials as possible and reuse them in your garden beds to add nutrients to the soil
Make this a fun lifestyle for you and your family that will enrich their lives and improves the earth.
Keep watch for future articles that I will add to show detailed step-by-step projects that you and your family can do to contribute to Year-Round Earth Day.
This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day to help the environment.
In the picture below I planted a new dogwood tree.
The hole should be twice the size of the root ball to provide adequate space for the roots to grow.
Before you backfill the hole once the tree is placed in the hole be sure to have someone hold it up straight to make sure the top of the rootball matches the top of the soil outside of the hole.
As you backfill the hole be sure to tamp the soil down to fill any air pockets, also if it is not going to rain you should soak the soil and continue to tamp in.
Next, make sure that the tree is braced with 2 posts placed outside of the rootball and pounded in to attach to the tree to support until the roots are well established. This will keep the tree from falling over in high winds.
When securing the tree to the stakes use rubber tubing, old nylons, or other material that will not damage the tree but still give it good support to the posts.