It’s almost time for my favorite “holiday” – Earth Day! Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. For the past several year’s, I have usually done something special to honor this wonderful planet we all call home.

Since moving back to the country four years ago, I have planted one tree each year on either Earth Day or Arbor Day, (since it always falls during the same week as Earth Day). In 2016, some of you may remember I spent Earth Day in Washington D.C. supporting scientists and climate specialists in the March For Science. No matter where I am on Earth Day, I always try to do something that makes a positive impact on the Earth. I’m very passionate about taking care of our planet and all of the living beings on it.

Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970, when millions of people marched through the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Citizens were worried about smog that poisoned the air and pollution that was linked to developmental delays in children.

That same year, President Richard Nixon and the US congress established the Environmental Protection Agency, which helped create laws that aimed to help keep our water clean and protect endangered species.

Earth Day is a day for people to come together and try to find ways we each can reduce our carbon footprint and leave the world a little better.

It’s easy to find ways to be kinder to the Earth. When I go to the store, I take reusable bags. Aside from reducing the use of plastic bags being used, I find that the reusable bags are easier to carry, are very durable, and are able to carry more items. They are very handy.

At home, I recycle anything I am able to. This is probably the easiest way for most of us to help the Earth. For many people, curbside pick up is available. I have to drive my recycling to the Recycling Center, which is very simple and easy as well.

Other ways to help conserve resources and reduce pollution to the Earth include turning off the water while brushing your teeth, turning off lights when leaving the a room, planting trees and flowers (especially ones that are bee-friendly), using cleaning alternatives such as vinegar rather than harsh chemicals, and supporting clean energy solutions.

Recently, I discovered that table salt mixed with water kills weeds. This is a great alternative that is environmentally friendly and won’t expose nasty pesticides to our Earth. It’s also a pet-friendly alternative.

Whether you want to believe it or not, a majority of scientist agree that Climate Change is real and is something we should be concerned about. While it may not seem like it would have much effect, if each of us find ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we could be helping to delay more destruction to the Earth.

This Earth Day, I will plant my fourth tree. I will continue to advocate for clean energy sources, and I will continue to find ways to reduce my carbon footprint. Please join me.