If Earth Day left you wanting more, celebrate Arbor Day! National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April every year. It’s all about remembering the importance of trees in our everyday lives. Not just the oxygen they pump into the atmosphere to help us breath, but their beauty and functionality in agriculture. Here are ten easy ways you can make a difference and protect the planet this Arbor Day:
- Plant a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy and clean the air.
- Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too.
- Educate. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the importance and value of our natural resources.
- Conserve water. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater that eventually end up in the ocean.
- Choose sustainable. Learn how to make smart seafood choices at www.fishwatch.gov.
- Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable shopping bag.
- Use long-lasting light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also flip the light switch off when you leave the room!
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space.
- Don’t send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
- Bike more. Drive less
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales