If you’re a watermelon lover, you automatically have a vested interest in Mother Earth. She’s the one (with a little help from the farmer) who nurtures the watermelon seeds until they grow into plump, delicious fruit. Without a healthy Earth, we can’t have a healthy watermelon crop.
And if you’re concerned about the Earth and keeping it healthy and clean (and you should be, regardless of your preference for produce), you probably know that Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day. But what is Earth Day? More importantly, what can you do to get involved? Those are good questions, and I’m glad I asked them. Here are some answers:
WHAT IS EARTH DAY?
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for the Earth and environmental protection. The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and attracted 20 million participants. Not bad for the very first year!
Since then, Earth Day has grown into a global observance, celebrated in 192 countries each year with more than one billion participants.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Truth is, there are lots of things you can do to participate in Earth Day. Almost every community in the nation will have activities planned for April 22 which you can take part in. For example, my own region hosts Earth Day parades, bike rides, educational sessions and group clean-up efforts. But, even if you don’t want to join a group activity, you can still do something on your own or as a family.
Some of the things you may choose to do include cleaning up your neighborhood or public park, planting trees, starting that recycling program at home or at work that you’ve been thinking about for a few years or just taking some time to learn more about the Earth and the environment. For more ideas, check out this website, which lists lots of things you can do to celebrate Earth Day (yes, it really is a celebration).
However you celebrate or participate in Earth Day, a common reminder is that every day is Earth Day. In other words, keeping your neighborhood clean, recycling things around the house and learning more about the environment is something you should do all year-round. If you do that, Mother Nature will be grateful and next year’s watermelon crop might taste that much better!