How to Celebrate Earth Day

Going green is easier than you think.

Earth Day is this week, a national day observed to support our planet, held annually on 22nd April.

The first Earth Day was introduced in 1970 to flood the world with hope, optimism and action for our beautiful planet Earth.

It is now the world’s largest recruiter for the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries.

Why is Earth Day important?

Our planet is currently facing a crisis that most of us know as climate change.

Human activity causes immense damage to our planet and environment.

From overpopulation to burning fossil fuels, deforestation and pollution, our activity has been linked to negative impacts across the world like rising sea levels, poor air quality and loss of habitat for wildlife.

When faced with the failings and misdoings of our entire species, it can be disheartening and discouraging to think about what we could do to help.

Earth Day serves as a reminder of the value of individual action to inform collective action and change.

The little things that we can do to help save the environment, are the ones that make the biggest difference.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can take part in helping protect our planet.

1.   Save water

Saving water is an easy and effective way for you to do your bit for Earth Day as it helps save energy and conserve the habitats of otters, fish, water voles and herons.

There are many ways you can save water:

  • Collect rainwater for your garden by using a water butt or any other rainwater collection system – This can save up to 5,000 litres of water a year
  • Use a watering can instead of your hosepipe to water your garden
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth
  • Go for shorter showers, and when soaping yourself turn the shower off
  • Only boil the amount of water you need for your cup of tea or coffee

2.   Compost all you can

Composting is a fantastic way to help save planet Earth.

Firstly it again saves water and also helps conserve landfill space by recycling organic resources.

Leaves, grass clippings and kitchen waste are a few things that you can compost and use as a fertiliser for your garden.

Compost improves the soil structure, which helps the soil hold the moisture, nutrients and air that plants need to grow.

3.   Plant trees

Plant happiness in your life by planting a tree in your garden, and give back to the Earth.

Trees and all other plants do several things for the planet.

Including:

  • Absorb carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen
  • Improve air quality
  • Conserve water
  • Preserve Soil
  • Help support wildlife

4.   Buy local produce where possible

Buying local produce like your fruit, vegetables and meat from a local farm shop, instead of the supermarket, can help our environment by reducing air pollution incurred by transporting goods over long distances, which helps cut back on greenhouse gas emissions.

Many local food producers will also grow their food organically, use natural pest repellents and not use any kind of pesticides.

Buying locally will also help preserve farmland and reduce the amount of space for industrial or commercial development and contribute towards giving animals, insects and birds homes to live in.

Growing your own vegetables in the compost that you’ve already been saving is a great way to help save the environment even more.

Ahead of this Earth Day, you can also check out this event map to see what events are taking place near you.

Want to care for your environment?

Caring for our planet is important and there is much that we can do to help out.

While you’re making change, we’ll look after your slice of Earth in your garden.

Schedule a visit from your local TruGreen lawn care expert by finding your nearest business today.

Our technicians will then visit you to carry out a free 14-point lawn analysis to assess the needs of your lawn and provide a quote for a range of bespoke and professional lawn care services.