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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 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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