Earth Day – April 22.

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Today is Earth Day.  A time to reflect and think of how to protect the only planet we have.  I usually plant a tree on Earth Day but have run out of space.  I think that I will plant wildflowers instead to give places for bees to feed and pollinate.

It is a well known fact that a walk in nature soothes the mind.  Mental health is important and people should know that a walk in nature can often change our murky thoughts and the exercise will release endorphins which will make us feel better.  A simple walk in the woods…oh the freedom!

Children should be taught to appreciate nature by taking them on nature walks and stimulating their curiosity about simple things that can be seen on the walk.  A caterpillar in it’s cocoon, a bird chirping…what is it singing?  A child that has a link with nature will protect the planet in the future.  A child who has not experienced nature will not!  Think!

How can we protect the planet?

Plant a tree.

Plant wildflowers in your flower garden for the bees.

Carpool and run multiple errands on one trip.

Don’t idle the engine.  Turn it off.  Avoid drive throughs.

Lower the thermostat in the winter and raise it in the summer.

Invest in renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

Reuse, refurbish and recycle.

Buy local and reduce the carbon footprint of our food.  That means the carbon that was burned to grow it or to distribute it.

Buy items that have a small carbon footprint…ie buy Canadian or American when in North America.  Buy from industry that doesn’t burn carbon fuel or that has environmental stewardship.

Don’t fly…take the train!

These are just a few suggestions.  If you have more please comment below and I’ll add them to a list.  Remember we have only one planet and our grandchildren will inherit it from us!  Please like or share on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.  Enjoy!

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