Josie’s Journal: Earth Day is approaching

Josie Krueger
Entertainment Columnist

The percent of people planning on participating in Earth Day activities.  Graphic by YouGov/Staff/TNS

Our Earth is important! International holiday Earth Day 2018 will take place on April 22. It should be a day to support environmental protection and appreciate this beautiful living sphere that we call the Earth.

Here are a few activities to do on this day that celebrate the Earth:

Plant a tree

Whether it’s in your front yard or the nearby park, planting a tree is never a bad idea. According to ahealthiermichigan.org, planting trees in your yard increases air quality, reduces air conditioning costs and increases property value. If you don’t have the space for a tree, flowers are another effective–and beautiful–option.

Attend the Earth Day Festival in Forest Park

The festival runs from 11 am to 5 pm on April 21-22 and includes riveting activities and community-based entertainment events. Attendees can learn about how to live more sustainably at the informational booths, or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day-long entertainment on either of the two main stages. There is definitely something for everyone at the abundant Earth Day Festival.

Volunteer for an environmental organization

Most environmental organizations have a website that one can sign up to volunteer through. For example, Missouri Coalition for the Environment has many volunteer opportunities which are easy to sign up for! Fill out the form on their website to be notified about these opportunities: here.

Donate to an environmental charity

The Nature Conservancy, an organization with a mission to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends,” is accepting donations specifically for Earth Day that, according to their website, will help: “Advance science, foster collaboration, make a global impact, shape practical policies and safeguard nature.”

You can donate here.

Go to a farmer’s market/purchase some locally sourced food

According to washington.edu, purchasing your food from local sources is beneficial to the earth in that it is seasonal, it helps maintain farmland, and the food does not have to be transported which reduces carbon footprint. Additionally, it is fresher and therefore tastes better! Some popular farmers’ markets in St. Louis are the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, Soulard Farmers’ Market and Summit Produce at Kirkwood Farmers’ Market.

 


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