Earth Day – April 22
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Earth Day, which was started in 1970, was created from flower power – when hippies turned their attention from protest movements and love-ins to focusing on Mother Nature.
Realizing that, if they didn’t do anything, the earth would be overtaken by toxic chemicals and pollution, people rallied together, channeling their energies into safeguarding the environment.
Since then Earth Day has become an event with worldwide activities dedicated to promoting ways to protect the planet.
Local communities in Orange County will be holding events you can get involved in at schools, parks and beaches to collect trash, plant trees, and help with other beautification projects.
Its Green Cities and Green Schools programs are helping to educate people about sustainable practices to reduce pollution and waste and to safeguard the environment.
Through EDN’s Acts of Green project you can get involved, too. There are lots of ways, like planting vegetables in your garden.
Sunny and Patti helped her husband Greg plant these tomatoes...and SurfWriter Cat Smokey helped, too.
You can also grow fresh herbs to liven up your meals.
SurfWriter Girls’ friend Ed Acosta’s garden…
has all the herbs in Simon & Garfunkel’s song Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.
EDN is also asking people to join in its Canopy Project to plant trees in our communities, providing shelter from the sun and filtering the air.
There are many other things you can do to help, as well – year round.
So, check out what your community has planned for Earth Day and see what you can do to lend a hand.
Now that spring is here, it’s time “to open” the door…
to experiencing the spirit of ohana and to all the new “acts of green” that we can do to honor Mother Nature.
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