Warm sunshine. Rainy days. Blooming plants. The Earth is alive in this wonderful Spring season! This is the perfect time to have Earth Day. I guess that is why in 1970, 47 years ago, the first Earth Day was observed. Earth Day is held to “demonstrate support for environmental protection”. Topics can include environmental clean up and awareness to endangered/extinct animals. What Earth Day looks like is unique to each community.
Some community groups come together to do clean ups and activities to promote taking care of our precious planet Earth like clean ups of local parks and waterways to keep the environment in good shape for wildlife.
In Swain County, the NC Cooperative Extension is offering a free Norway Spruce Seedling to the public on April 29th from from 9 to 12. While this is not exactly on Earth Day, it is close to the actual day and Arbor Day, which is April 28, so it makes sense that they would do something on this particular date.
In Jackson County they are having the annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival. It will be their 20th year of doing this and according to their website it is, “Strengthened by its early roots as an Earth Day celebration, the festival includes a focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and promotion of local businesses and civic groups.”
Fontana Regional Library has materials available to help you and your family learn about Earth Day including ideas of how to get you involved in keeping our Earth clean and healthy for years to come.
Taking care of our Earth is key to its survival. Take a moment and think about how you can make an impact whether you decide to start recycling regularly, plant something, or just take the initiative to clean up trash in your neighborhood. It all matters and your efforts do make a difference! Happy Earth Day!