Earth Day is April 22, but much like holiday weekend or a celebrity birthday, the event stretches beyond twenty-four hours. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth,” which is based on the idea that we are able to do more than adapt to climate change, and can indeed create positive change. Scientists across the world are now looking at natural system processes and emerging green technologies to restore the world’s ecosystems, conserve and rebuild soils, restore wildlife populations and eliminate the world’s oceans of plastics. Because of the pandemic, there are no large, group cleanups that typically occur, but there are still ways to do your part. Here are some.
Celebrate National Park Week
Parks across the country will be hosting special programs and digital experiences. Check with yours for details about special days and events during the week. National Park week starts Saturday, April 17 and ends on Sunday, April 25.
Go for a Hike
With spring in full bloom and near-perfect temperatures in store, Earth Day might be the perfect day for a hike. Check out our field guide online that shows you where to find Marin’s best and most stunning wildflowers along some of our favorite trails, ranging from the Dipsea Trail to the Old Railroad Grade Trail.
Join the City Nature Challenge
Created by San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, the sixth annual City Nature Challenge is set to take place in cities throughout the world in two parts. From April 30 to May 3, people will be taking photos of wild plants and animals, and from May 4 to May 9, you’ll be identifying what you found. May the best city win!
Make a Zero-Waste Meal
When you create a zero-waste meal plan, you eat what you already have and plan your meals around what needs to be eaten. There are many ways to do this, including making your own nut butters and salad dressings, and choosing to store food in glass or stainless steel instead of plastic. Not only will you be saving the planet, but also saving time and money.
How to help:
Consider supporting one of these local nonprofits that urgently need support during the pandemic.
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