April is Earth Month

April is recognized as Earth Month. With the 22nd being Earth Day.

Earth Day started as a one-day event in 1970, with protests about environmental ignorance and demanding new legislation. After this event, major environmental laws were introduced, like the Clean Air, Water, and Endangered Species Acts as well as the creation of the EPA. 50 years later, Earth Day is celebrated in many ways around the world. (Earthday.org)

There are ways you can celebrate and participate in Earth Day every year. Listed below are just a few.

  • Plant a tree
  • Start composting
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Plant a garden for pollinators
  • Pick up garbage in the community or beach
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Donate old clothing and materials
  • Shop at thrift stores
  • Buy local
  • Attend a farmers market and support small businesses
  • Go paperless with your bills
  • Make repairs to your irrigation system
  • Buy reusable bags
  • Plant wild flowers
  • Attend an extension class in your county
  • Reduce your reliance on pesticides and herbicides
  • Conserve water
  • Spread the word about environmental action!

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate or take action, do it because you want to improve the planet we live on, there is no plan B. So spread the word about what you are doing on social media and among family, coworkers,  and friends. For more information about Earth Day and its initiatives visit EarthDay.org or contact your local extension agent about ways you can get involved.


Posted: April 11, 2024

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Turf, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Composting, Conservation, Earth Day, Gardening, Planting

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