Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd in support of environmental protection. Each year, over one billion people in more than 192 countries participate in Earth Day, which makes it the largest event in the world. In its over 40 years of existence, Earth Day is responsible for the passage of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and over 2 billion other Acts of Green. Show some love for mother Earth this year by getting involved in one of the many Earth Day activities going on around the world including right here in Fort Wayne! Here are some simple ways you can get involved and make the Earth a better place this week.
Eat Less Meat
Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for over 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? Visit the Earth Day Network’s website to sign the pledge to participate in “Meatless Mondays.”
Buy Local Produce
Did you know that most “fresh” fruit you buy in the supermarket was picked 7 days before you bought it? Not only does that mean seven days of transportation time, but most fruits start to lose their nutrients after 3 days. Buying local produce will not only ensure that your produce is fresher but will severely lower CO2 emissions by reducing the amount of energy required to transport your produce from the farm to your plate. Make a visit to the farmers market for produce from local farmers.
Or, better yet, grow your own fruits and veggies! Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t grow your own. Container gardening on your patio is easy and allows you to have fresh fruit and veggies right outside your door!
End Junk Mail
Did you know that 100 million trees are cut down each year just to provide enough paper for junk mail? Sign up for Catalog Choice and stop unwanted mail. Catalog Choice is a free service that opts out of unwanted mailing lists for you – junk mail, credit card offers, even phone books! Just visit their website, report who is sending you mail and they will take care of the opting out process for you.
Recycling not only reduces the amount of waste in landfills, but it also saves resources and decreases pollution. Save your recycling products in a separate container and take them to a local recycling drop-off site.
Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz
Take the quiz to find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint and be better to the environment!
Earth Day in Fort Wayne
Sunday, April 24 from 1-5, come on out to Eagle Marsh and celebrate Earth Day to learn more ways to help our planet! There will be plenty of activities for all ages including a decorated rain barrel contest, farmers market, special prizes, interactive nature education stations, presentations on conservation tips, and more! Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint, grow your own fruit and veggies, and how to eat for the planet.