Celebrating Earth Day

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According to earthday.org, “Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.”

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. Here are a few things you can do to appreciate and show some love for Mother Earth.

Become one with nature

Make some time to go on a nature adventure. Broward County offers various opportunities and spots that provide beautiful scenery and native animals. Getting out in the great outdoors with some friends or family members can bring a day of fun and relaxation. Those interested in learning about nature can check out various educational nature centers in the area. Nature centers do a great job of providing insight on different plants, animals and much more. Just remember to always clean up and respect the environment wherever you go.

Plant a tree

Trees help us breathe easily by removing and absorbing carbon monoxide to produce oxygen. Planting a tree can immediately help against the fight of global warming by lowering temperatures in an effort to decrease greenhouse gasses. It can also result in long-lasting effects of providing a habitat and food for animals and insects, as well as offer them shade on a sunny day.  If a tree is too large to plant, consider planting some smaller foliage or some form of greenery.

Develop a green thumb

Organic or all-natural foods have become a popular trend. Just take a look at all the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s around the area. The beauty with gardens is that they can range from all types and sizes. A tin can, Mason jar, tire or even a plastic bottle can sustain plant life. Not only can a garden produce fresh goodies, but it can also bring a sense of improved responsibility, patience and appreciation of hard work.

Consider making your living quarters more eco-friendly

One person can make a difference when it comes to creating a better environment. Consider looking into different options that could help make a dorm room or living quarters more eco-friendly. This could mean switching to more energy efficient light bulbs, turning off that light when you’re not in the room, adding some greenery, limiting those long thought-provoking showers or recycling your trash into decorative dorm decor.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Think twice before throwing out something that can be used for a DIY project. Plastic containers could be made into plant holders, pencil containers, decorative lamps or decorative display cases. Sites like Pinterest and Boredpanda offer different projects to get those creative juices flowing.

Contact your local representative

Currently, there are many changes going on with the Environmental Protection Agency. With budget cuts and political figures in office who do not consider global warming or climate change to be real, who knows what is going to happen to our environment. By contacting a local representative or becoming involved with actions that promote more eco-friendly policies, you can help make a difference against global warming.

Live everyday like it’s Earth Day

The celebration does not end when the day is done. Protecting and respecting our environment should not be something we only do once a year. The purpose of Earth Day is to bring awareness to things that we should be doing year round. If we love and respect our environment now, we and our future generations will be able to appreciate its beauty for years to come.

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