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50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Yes, believe it or not, this is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, first launched in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The annual event began to spread around the world starting in about 1990 and is now celebrated in more than 193 countries. 

If you believe the environment is important (remember, a lot people do not, including the current president of the United States), maybe you should do something “green” on Earth Day this year. Or plan* something today to do soon. 

*I mention planning, because where I live, the ground is still either covered in snow or half-frozen in late April, so there isn’t much you could actually do outdoors right now.

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  1. Plant a tree … or a shrub … or a houseplant.
  2. Grow a vegetable garden, in the ground or in a pot.
  3. Start composting.
  4. Start a pollinator garden.
  5. Make buying local a habit, perhaps by frequenting a farmers’ market.
  6. Share cuttings, plants or seeds with others.
  7. Flower up a vacant lot with a seed bomb of native wild flowers.
  8. Recycle … just about everything (there isn’t much you couldn’t find a use for in a garden!)
  9. Install a rain barrel so you can water your garden without using municipal or well water.
  10. Make a donation to an environmental cause.

I’ll bet you have some ideas of your own, but the important thing is to use the momentum of this day … do to something GREEN!

Learn more at earthday.org.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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