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GREEN TIP: Earth Day, April 22nd, is fast approaching. This year find new ways to celebrate Earth Day and include your new green habits all year long.
The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, brought together millions of people from all walks of life who were concerned about the environment and they wanted our government to pay attention. The idea was the inspiration of Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin.
“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.” ~Gaylord Nelson
For more on the origins of Earth Day, read “Earth Day: How It All Began.”
Some ways you could celebrate Earth Day this year:
- Plant a tree in your yard. Make it a fun family activity for Earth Day. Not only will it look beautiful in your yard but planting trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions and they provide a habitat for a variety of other plants and animals. Or plant two trees… National Arbor Day is April 27th.
- Sit down with the family and set specific goals to recycle and save energy. It’s often as easy as changing your light bulbs, adjusting the setting on your fridge, or making a routine trip to a nearby recycling bin. Here’s an excellent article about recycling and how to get started: Project Recycling by Amanda Peterson. To quote Amanda, “It’s all about being aware of what you consume and finding ways to minimize the waste left behind”.
- Start composting. For more information, read Green Tip – Composting 101. Locally, the City of Fargo has a wonderful compost bin you can purchase at a reasonable cost. For more information call 701-241-1449.
- Plan a vegetable garden. April is the perfect time to plan your garden. Put pencil to paper and decide what you’d like to grow. Get the whole family involved.
- Plant flowers at a local non-profit organization, school or church, remember to contact the organization before you start planting. Most are thrilled when someone offers to beautify their grounds.
- Go on a nature hike. Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the details of our beautiful earth. Pick a park or nearby trail or visit a new place every year on Earth Day.
- Clean up litter around your neighborhood, at a local park or school. Litter detracts from the beauty of nature and can be dangerous to people and animals.
- Cook a special Earth Day meal using whole, organic and non-processed foods. Invite friends and family over to share a healthy, home-cooked meal.
- Attend an Earth Day event. Earth Day events are held across the nation, and are full of fun activities for both you and the kids.
Local event in the Fargo Moorhead area:
Red River Zoo’s Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 26th.
- Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm, Party for the Planet activities will run from 11am to 4pm.
- Tickets available at the door
- Get FREE Party for the Planet children’s tickets at any F-M Gate City Bank
- Fun activities and crafts
For more information, visit http://www.redriverzoo.org/.
MATBUS – “Get Your Can on the Bus” from April 21st through April 26th
- Bring an aluminum can and ride free
- Drawings for t-shirts will be held at the end of the week
For more information, bus routes and schedules, visit http://www.matbus.com/.
River Keepers – Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop on Monday, April 28th
- Workshop is from 6pm to 8pm
- The $84.00 fee includes supplies
- Workshop sponsored and taught by Cass Soil Conservation District and River Keepers
- Cass County residents may be eligible for partial reimbursement of tuition.
Register at Moorhead Community Education: https://communityed.moorhead.k12.mn.us/ or by calling (218) 284-3400. For more information, visit River Keepers Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RiverKeepersFM.
Next week I’ll fill you in on other Earth Day and Earth Week events in our area.
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.