You may not think of Earth Day as a holiday that requires preparation, but a successful Earth Day requires just as much forethought as any other holiday. You still have a week, so don’t worry.
Here are some ideas to get prepared:
Make an Earth Day resolution. One way to make sure the Earth Day spirit lasts all year is to make an Earth Day resolution. Last year, on Earth Day, I resolved to share a GreenMyLife Tip every day on Facebook and Instagram (@savorchange). With Rachel’s help, that idea morphed into this website. Now, almost one year later, my Earth Day resolution is still going strong! If you want some ideas, check out our list of New Year’s Resolutions. My Earth Day resolution this year is to really embrace my pollinator garden as a big project.
Prep for a neighborhood Clean-Up: You’ll need an area to clean up (roadsides, river beds, trails, public parks), work gloves, bags to hold the trash, and your water bottle. You may want to bring along some music and a speaker. If you’re cleaning in a public area, a sign promoting Earth Day is a great way to remind others too.
Prep for a tree planting. One of the easiest, low cost ways to fight climate change is to plant trees and other perennial shrubs. Lots of them. If you have room for it (hint: anyone with a stretch of grass has room), now is a great time to plant a tree (or seven). Here is a list of native New Hampshire trees and shrubs you might want to explore. Your best bet is to visit your local gardening store to learn which trees grow well and how to plant them. Personally, I’m going to look for a serviceberry tree, a couple of apple trees, and some elderberry bushes.
Prep for an info session. If you’re feeling uninformed or under-motivated, check out some of these documentaries to remind you how important our efforts are. If you have children, here are some great books to take out from your local library. Take a few minutes after watching or reading to share your thoughts and feelings on social media. This will inspire others to watch or read as well.
Prep for a pollinator garden. Pollinators are essential to the planet and our survival on it! Planting a pollinator garden of any size is a huge help. To be honest, I’ve been pretty intimidated by the idea of starting a pollinator garden alongside my already labor-intensive vegetable garden. I have lots of flower seeds, but they haven’t germinated well in the past and most of my attempts have ended up haphazard at best. This year I am going to invest in one of these pollinator garden kits from Bagley Pond Perennials in Warner to ensure my success. Then I’m going to register with the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge to support their efforts.
Prep for a big (or small) donation. One easy way to show you care about the planet is to donate to organizations who make caring for the planet their business. Here is a list of organizations to choose from. Or you can donate to either of these movements. Personally, I am a big supporter of the Sierra Club because they can point to their successes and have a lot of power in this country, but if you want to stay local, you can also donate to land trust organizations like the ones in this post.
Share what you are doing with others! One of the most important things you can do on Earth Day is to share what you are doing with others. The more this feels like a movement, the more it will be a movement, and what the Earth really needs is a movement!
Thank you for celebrating Earth Day this year!
P.S. How are YOU celebrating Earth Day 2021?