At Farmhut, we believe that nature, plants, and the land are essential to our wellbeing and that each of us bears personal responsibility. The holiday will celebrate its 51st anniversary in 2021. Each year, Earth Day is given a new theme or focus area; this year's theme is "Restore our Earth."
Earth Day activities usually range from river cleanups to invasive plant removals. For many of us, social distancing is still in effect this April, so Earth Day has gone digital. Of course, social distance does not exclude you from enjoying nature, as long as you do so responsibly! Nature hasn't been cancelled.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. More than 20 million people poured out on the streets, and the first Earth Day remains the largest single-day protest in human history.
Not only is Earth Day now a common time for many communities to come together to clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature, but it is now becoming a popular time for many communities to come together to clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. We've included a list of events and initiatives to help you better your local community further down the page.
1. Pickup Litter
Cleanups are one of the easiest ways to communicate with the Earth. Take a stroll with a garbage bag and assist in the cleanup of any plastic you come across. Perhaps you know of a trash-filled ditch that needs to be cleaned up this winter. You'll notice that plastic is present in every aspect of our lives. Although, as the world realizes its addiction to plastic, how easy is it to get rid of it while still producing and storing more of our own food? Remember to recycle as much plastic as possible.
Trees give off oxygen that we need to breathe. Trees reduce the amount of rainwater runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals.
3. Use wildflowers and indigenous plants
Wildflowers and indigenous plants are not only attractive, but they also attract native and beneficial insects, which increase pest control and pollination, resulting in larger flowers and harvests. You'll be amazed at the difference if you simply add a couple of indigenous plants to your garden each year, they'll attract pollinators as well as birds.
4. Organic Farming.
Organic agriculture reduces non-renewable energy use by decreasing agrochemical needs (these require high quantities of fossil fuel to be produced). Organic agriculture contributes to mitigating the greenhouse effect and global warming through its ability to sequester carbon in the soil.
5. Refrain from using pesticides and chemicals in the environment.
Pesticides can contaminate soil, water, turf, and other vegetation. In addition to killing insects or weeds, pesticides can be toxic to a host of other organisms including birds, fish, beneficial insects, and non-target plants. The use of pesticides decreases the general biodiversity in the soil. Not using the chemicals results in higher soil quality.
6. Water Conservation.
We waste a great deal of water. Knowing how much water your garden needs can help you from overwatering your plants and improve their health. Avoid watering your garden vegetables and plants from above, as this promotes the growth of fungal diseases. Consider installing a drip irrigation system or a hose with irrigation holes for gardens, flower beds, trees, and farms. This will direct water directly into the soil, where you want it. Put sprinklers on timers if you would use them.
Farmhut is taking every possible step to ensure that more environmentally sustainable methods and technologies are available. This Earth Day, we encourage everyone to take every action possible, every day, toward a greener, cleaner, and healthier future.