Earth Day (April 22nd) was first celebrated in 1970 and has since become a global event with over 190 countries participating. The focus of Earth Day is to address the environmental challenges we face, such as climate change, pollution, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our planet and the natural resources that sustain us. We can’t exist without it!
Here’s some things we can do to make a positive impact on the environment:
Support environmentally friendly policies and organizations that work to protect the environment, by voting for candidates who prioritize environmental protection and sustainable policies.
Make sure to research the candidates and their stances on environmental issues before you cast your vote. Look for candidates who support renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, protecting natural resources, and promoting sustainable practices.
It's also important to vote in local elections, not just national ones, as local officials can have a significant impact on the environment in your community. For example, local officials may make decisions about zoning and land use, transportation, and waste management that can affect air and water quality, public health, and the overall sustainability of your community.
Reduce your carbon footprint: Use public transportation, walk or bike when possible, and reduce your energy consumption by turning off lights and electronics when not in use.
Support local farmers: Buying locally grown produce helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with shipping food long distances. It also supports local farmers and helps preserve farmland.
Start a compost pile: Composting reduces waste and creates nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Plus, it’s a great way to recycle food scraps and other organic matter.
Plant a tree or start a garden to help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Use eco-friendly products, such as reusable bags, containers, and water bottles.
Plant native species: Planting native plants in your garden helps support local wildlife and promotes biodiversity.
By taking small steps to reduce our impact on the environment, we can all make a positive difference in the world. Check out our Earth Day display on the 3rd Floor of the library!