Earth Day

By: Sarah Zitin

Earth Day is a day of remembrance and reverence for Mother Earth. Why is it so important at this point in our history? The Earth is at a crucial juncture in the history of the planet. Global warming has changed the face of the world, creating more climate hazards such as  more numerous volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, colder climate in the northern regions and warmer climates in the southern regions, with a mix of both globally.

The western part of the country is experiencing severe droughts from which we may never recover. This affects the food chain and all living things. The rest of the world has its own serious challenges which creates a domino effect and goes right down the global food chain.

Can you imagine how significant Earth Day is today? We celebrate the Earth for its bounty and for sustaining life globally, not without its compromises. As global warming continues to devolve crucial systems like the ocean, air and the Earth itself, we celebrate the Earth, and therefore 

are called upon to do everything we can to support it.

Actions We Can Take To Reduce Global Warming:

We all need to be good stewards of the Earth, do our part to protect our natural resources and sentient beings. Not only have systems been affected by global warming, but also numerous animals have become extinct as their natural habitats are wiped out or largely compromised.

On a global scale, everything in the path of this warming trend is affected and now is the time for other systems to be put into place that have the capacity to reverse the damage. Whatever we’ve done to stop the effects of the damage is not working. We have a huge task ahead of us, and we can celebrate Earth Day by doing our part to contribute to Mother Earth rather than detract from her.

What are 10 Things We Can Do to Celebrate Earth Day?

  1. Write to your legislators about cutting our carbon footprint. Start to legally implement more electric vehicles as much as possible. Carbon has damaged the entire Earth with numerous consequences.
  2. Don’t drive on Earth Day. Let’s make it an international holiday. Ride your bike, walk, take public transportation that’s Earth friendly.
  3. Plant a tree or three. Trees capture carbon and make the Earth a friendlier, less taxing place for all living things.
  4. Use energy saving light bulbs like LED. Any energy saved is one more plus for the planet.
  5. Start a compost bin. Take food scraps and compost them so that they get recycled in your garden or someone else’s if you don’t have one.
  6. Recycle properly all the things that can be reused.
  7. Unplug your television for one day. 
  8. Open windows for air circulation and turn off heat and air conditioning.
  9. Make shopping an eco-friendly adventure.
  10. Stop plastic use, use Earth-friendly packaging instead.

These are things we can do to cut our carbon footprint and allow our natural systems to function at their maximum capacity. There are so many more actions we can take to preserve our Earth. One of the most important things we can all do is educate ourselves on the issues of climate change and discover ways in which to reduce our carbon footprints. The more knowledge we have, the better equipped we will be to deal with the challenges ahead. Share your  knowledge with others so that they, too, can become good stewards of Mother Earth.

Teach Your Children Well:

If you’re a teacher, teach your students about planting foods that are self-sustaining. Plant a school garden and have the students participate in learning how to grow food, flowers, and more. 

There are ways in which to grow food and other useful living things through permaculture, agroforestry, intercropping, crop rotation, cover cropping, traditional organic composting and integrated crop-animal farming, raised beds, heat tolerant crops, and using nitrogen are prominent traditional agricultural practices. These traditional practices are advocated as the model practices for climate-smart approach in agriculture. Unlike intensive agriculture, sustainable farming has a great potential for benefiting the environment and preserving natural resources. It does so by following natural cycles, recycling nutrients and water, while omitting excessive use of agricultural chemicals. 

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Another way to preserve soil is through reduced till or no-till farming methods. By inserting seeds directly into unplowed ground, farmers can improve the quality of their soil while preventing soil erosion. The introduction of modern inputs, such as organic fertilizers and seeds, can radically improve land use – the increased yields obtained allow farmers to adopt more appropriate farming techniques that protect soil better and put new enrichments into the land. Avoid deforestation methods as much as possible. Recycle water using gray water systems or other methods of reusing water. Compost animal manure, which creates a nutrient-rich and sustainable soil process.

Examples of Sustainable Land Management:

  1. Managing grazing and livestock 
  2. Rainwater harvesting 
  3. Sand-dune reclamation – prevents erosion
  4. Oasis management – more efficient technology
  5. Drought management 
  6. Precision agriculture 
  7. Improve crop–water productivity  
  8. Manage soil salinity in irrigated dryland agriculture.
  9. Maintain the balance of nutrients
  10. Reduce wind erosion

Here’s the Deal on Helping Mother Earth Sustain the Damages of Climate Change:

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As you’ve heard many times in the past 20 or so years, there is no B planet or plan to preserve our Earth. It’s the responsibility of all of us to do our part in taking care of Mother Nature. Find your own 10 ways in which to celebrate Earth Day by consciously choosing sustainable activities and practices. It’s an easy task if we all do what we need to do. You don’t even have to leave your home to participate in an Earth Day celebration. When in doubt, just DO IT – whatever it takes to be a part of the solution. Time is running out quickly on the planet and its resources, so teach your children well and they will learn when they’re young how to take care of all living things. That’s the best thing a parent can teach to be a part of our sustainable future.