“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
The sun is shinning, the birds are chirping, the flowers are starting the bloom, and I’m sneezing…yeap it’s finally spring. The last of winter’s cold is behind us (or so we hope), and now it’s time to get outside and soak up some rays. Today should give you a great reason to get outdoors and enjoy the good weather because April 22nd is Earth Day!
There are many things you can do to participate and it can be as simple or as involved as your time will allow. Earth Day Network is reaching out to the world and working to reach “3 billion acts of green” by the 50th anniversary (this year marks the 46th year), and has some great examples of how to help them reach this goal. You can make your activities something you do alone, as a family, or you can join groups of volunteers taking part in projects across the globe. So let’s talk about what we can do to get involved and get to that 3 billion mark by volunteering, donating, and teaching.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
If you are in the Pittsburgh area today, there are many ways you can get out and get involved. Pittsburgh Cares has a great calendar to utilize if you’d like to get involved on the local level; you can help clean up a road side in Jefferson Hills, or help plant trees at the Audubon Greenway Conservation Area in Sewickley for example. If you’re not going to be in town, or you’re not from Pittsburgh, you can always find ways to get involved at any time at volunteermatch.com.
If you are not able to make it to any planned group activities, you can still take part. Donating does not just have to mean money (still an option though); but you can also donate your time and give your support. Donate back to earth with your time by planting a tree (this asthmatic thanks you!), or take time to recycle and not just throw away the plastic bottles in your home. You can also donate your name to the Earth Day Petition. Or of course you can always donate your money. Here are some organizations that are working to preserve our world you can check out:
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. – Native American Proverb
Earth Day can be a family activity too! Enjoy the outdoors and get the kids involved and make this day a family tradition to be passed on. By taking time to teach our children today, we will help instill a love for conservation and care; like the Native Americans said, “…we are only borrowing this world from future generations.” If you are looking for some ways to teach and get the kids involved today, check out these kid friendly activities.
So get outside, take time to legitimately, smell the roses, and take in and appreciate what Mother Nature has gifted us with; but let’s also give back to Earth so that we may continue enjoy its beauty!