Since the first Earth Day held on April 22, 1970, which began in America and inspired millions of people to recognize the importance of preserving the earth and its health, Earth Day has come to be celebrated by over a billion people every year. This marks it as the largest civic observance in the world, with Earth Day activities being held in 192 countries. Numerous campaigns have been promoted through the observance of Earth Day, including awareness of climate change to the promotion of clean drinking water in communities where it is needed most.
However, while Earth Day is celebrated on a global scale - and often focuses on large-scale environmental efforts - it is important to remember that some of the most important things that any individual can do to preserve the health of our home planet involve small, everyday changes.
Taking the first steps in caring for our planet can start in your very own backyard. If you are an avid gardener, bear in mind that there are numerous earth-friendly products such as natural pesticides and herbicides that are just as good as - and sometimes even better than - similar products containing harsh chemicals that can be damaging to the environment.
Earth day is also a great time to get started on an earth-friendly compost area in your outdoor space. Rather than toss it in the garbage and let it be carted off to the nearest landfill, let your kitchen scraps naturally decompose. It may take a little time, but when it's ready that compost will make for incredible soil in your garden. In addition to saving a lot of landfill space, it can eliminate the need for fertilizer.
As you choose the flowers for your outdoor space, there are more things that you can consider, such as the growth of native plants. In addition to preventing the potential spread of harmful invasive species, choosing native flowers and plants also promotes the health of birds, butterflies, bees, and other important species that need those native flowers to survive. In addition to enticing these native species to your yard - something that can be a major boost to the overall health of plants in your garden - doing your part to help these species flourish can help counteract the diminishment of important pollinators such as bees in the natural environment.
In addition to all those factors, think of ways to make your outdoor entertaining more environmentally friendly. Ditch the disposable cups and plates and purchase safe dinnerware for parties in your backyard. When you're in need of additional lights in your outdoor space, think of choosing solar path lights and other similar items rather than plugging into the nearest electrical source. There are plenty of possibilities!
"Green" is far more than just a buzzword - it is a factor that you should be considering at every step in the process of caring for your home and your outdoor living space. This Earth Day, consider making a pledge to protect the health of our planet every single day of the year.