Every year on April 22, we celebrate one of the most important things. It is something we need and rely on. Something we could not live without. Yet, it is something we forget to celebrate on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps, one of the most underrated things in this world. In fact, it is the world I am talking about.
April 22 is Earth Day.
In honor of this celebration, we have compiled a list of ways to give back to the Earth. Just like we Choose To Be Nice to one another, let's Choose To Be Nice to our amazing planet!
From a young age, we are taught to reduce, reuse, and recycle. But why exactly is this important? Recycling helps the planet and its inhabitants in many ways. It helps to conserve raw materials and protect natural habitats for the future. In addition, recycling saves energy. Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses less energy than producing the same goods from raw materials. Furthermore, it reduces landfills. So, do your part! Recycling is a simple task that makes a huge difference.
2. Adopt a tree.
Adopting children and animals may be a common practice, but did you know you can also adopt a tree, an acre, or even an entire rainforest? There are many organizations that have this offering, such as The Nature Conservancy and Rainforest Alliance. In Boston, you can adopt-a-tree through Greenovate Boston. Trees may be another under appreciated aspect of our day-to-day life, but they yield countless benefits, such as providing oxygen, cleaning the air, combating climate change, and even helping to save water.
3. Pick up trash on the street.
Not everyone does their part taking care of the Earth. Next time you're taking a walk around your neighborhood or are out running errands, pick up trash that you find on the ground and throw it out in the nearest trash can. If everyone did this, imagine what a cleaner Earth we would have.
There are many environmental benefits to composting. According to the University of Illinois Extension, soil structure is the way inorganic particles, such as sand, silt, clay, etc, combine with decayed organic particles. Composting helps to improve the soil structure. Additionally, composting increases the nutrient content of soil, uses less water, and wards off plant diseases. Interested in composting? Here's what you need to know to get started.
Together, we can help make the world a better place!