This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day! A day to unwind and take time out to pay respect to Mother Nature and to think about giving back to planet Earth. Gather your friends and family and join others in a wonderful environmental celebration taking place all weekend long in Rochester. It can be a fun first step to make preserving the environment your next top priority.
The 13th annual Earth Day festival is setting up once again at the Rochester Municipal Park/City Center. The event starts on Friday April 20th and will run through Sunday the 22nd. It is free to the public, so make sure to clear your calendar and enjoy the outdoors as well as the events that are included.
More than 100 exhibitors and vendors will offer green and eco-friendly products to contribute to your green lifestyle. Local food vendors will also offer some of Rochester’s most delectable eats. Certainly an event NOT to miss! For directions and more details, visit www.miEDF.com
And of course, after having fun this weekend, make sure to CONTINUE your celebration of Earth Day by implementing at least a few sustainable practices into your everyday life. It is so easy, here are a few suggestions for getting started...
Compost and Recycle
If you aren’t already recycling and composting items in your home and workplace, these habits are a better alternative to trashing your items and are easy to implement. Composting might have a reputation for creating an odor, but if done properly, it can be beneficial for your plants and give a second life to your food waste. Recycling other products like different paper and plastic materials is another sustainable habit that won’t be a burden to begin. Learn how to properly recycle and see which items your nearby center will accept.
Spruce up the Neighborhood
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by enhancing your community with your friends and neighbors. Spend the day planting trees and flowers at each house in the neighborhood. Find a cleared out space and create a community garden where shared herbs and produce can be planted. Everyone in the neighborhood can get involved and enjoy the bounty of the garden. You will be able to take pride in the look of your yard and take comfort in having brought new flora and fauna into the community that will flourish over time.
We all love our go-to plastic containers and coffee stirrers, but the abundance of plastic waste is detrimental to the environment. Plastic that is carelessly tossed out ends up tangled around animals and polluting our water sources. Instead of buying plastic items that will be used once, such as a water bottle, make the switch to more sustainable products that can be regularly used. If you do feel the need to purchase plastic, aim to find a way to reuse it or properly recycle after use. Spend Earth Day picking up and properly recycling plastic waste that has been discarded in your neighborhood. Join the Earth Day 2018 Campaign to end plastic pollution.
Start a Carpool to Work
Carpooling is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the meantime. If you live nearby coworkers, establishing a carpool rotation is a great way to be more mindful of your impact on the environment and save some time during your commute. Plus, it’s a fun way to bond with your coworkers and make the most out of your daily commute. Reduce your footprint further by driving a fuel efficient car. While electric cars are not accessible to some people, there are other options for cars with great gas mileage. These eliminate much of your fuel cost as they mostly rely on electricity to operate.
So make this Earth Day one that both you and the environment will appreciate by first enjoying a beautiful spring weekend in Rochester and then by playing an active part in implementing brand new habits of personal conservation. Share your experiences with colleagues and neighbors alike. Together you will find even more ways of celebrating Earth Day again next year! Remember this planet is the ONLY one we have...