Earth Day Isn’t Just One Day; It’s Everyday

Earth Day 2024

S.K. Watts

Earth day is officially this Monday the 22nd this year. Now, more than ever, it is more important than ever that Earth Day be celebrated for more than one day a year. The custom of doing something for Mother Earth, our home and the source of not only our sustenance but that of our children and grandchildren, can be any day we choose as long as we choose to participate and be of service to our futures.

e to drink, Monarch butterflies and bees have food enough to keep pollinating our food sources, and species are not becoming extinct due to dumping toxic wastes in the oceans and on our land and in our lakes and streams. It is the responsibility of every human who walks this world to care for it. It should be a joy that we’ve taught our children and will teach our grandchildren to plant and harvest responsibly. And if we haven’t yet, this coming Earth Day is a very good place to begin and to remember.

It’s a custom to plant a tree or a plant on this day. Or to remove garbage from lawns and forests, and to listen to the world around us even if we haven’t for quite a while. To honor the lands that we walk upon that we need to sustain us like we have been sustained since the first mortals realized that the earth will provide… but it takes an equal amount of work to be put into this partnership.

So… EARTH DAY 2024. Have you thought about what you will be doing on that day? Or this weekend or any time around the week that honors the Earth? I for one will be planting a shrub. And then, since I moved into a house 2 years ago that came with a lawn of lush grass that only serves to draw lawnmowers to it, I will be beginning the process of planting clover so that the lawn will eventually be a haven for pollinators and not require mowing. It will require less water, look more appealing, and when I peer out my window, I will know I am doing my very small part to give back some of what I have received over the years.

Earth Day Activity Suggestions:

Plant a clover lawn. Plant clover for the lawn and flowers and plants which will provide the pollinators food. The neighbors will envy you when it is lush, colorful and full of butterflies, and especially because you won’t have to be mowing it anymore!

Plant a tree. Preferably one that will flower for the pollinators and be a place birds can gather and show you their wondrous personalities and the colors of nature.

Pick up trash and garbage along our roads, in our woods, your own and your neighbor’s garden. Trash blocks the sunlight the plants need to survive and confuses the birds and the insects.

Create a Critter Altar: A place to put out table scraps that the outside animals (bunnies, birds, etc.) could use to get by. And don’t forget a water source such as a small bowel for the critters as well. Not everyone lives near a stream or lake or an area that sustains sufficient rain to keep it all hydrated.

Take a Nature Walk. See what out there. Chances are you may not have done this for a while. Take the grandkids and make it a scavenger hunt of nature’s bounty. Identify the birds or bugs you come upon. Sprinkle some flower seeds along the way at forest entryways and along the highways as long as there is no law ordinance against this in your area. The birds, bugs and butterflies will thank you.

Pick up a packet of seed at the nursery or dollar store and teach the kids how to begin a garden. There are a million books and articles online everywhere to assist you in this endeavor.

Visit the zoo, nursery or the nearest woods. Renew the connection we all have with the earth and all its creatures around us.

The possibilities of celebrating Earth Day are myriad, and don’t need to be accomplished on Monday or any specific day at all. The Earth needs are assistance to care for it now more than it ever has. If not us, then who?

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