Earth Day is not only a time to appreciate the natural world around you, but to make positive changes for our environment. While we hope you value nature every day, take a few minutes to make a difference on April 22 in honor of Earth Day. Not sure where to start? Read on for a few simple suggestions.
Help with a cleanup project
Seek out local volunteering opportunities for trail cleanup projects or create your own. All you need is a positive attitude, pair of gloves and garbage bags or buckets to remove refuse. White Birch Outfitters in Gaylord has an annual Iron Belle Trail cleanup project, which will take place in late April/early May. Follow their Facebook page for more information.
Ride your bike
Not only will riding your bike give you a boost of energy to start your day, but it also cuts down tremendously on air pollution. While visiting our area, you can experience “green” transportation in true up north style!
Invest in reusable items
Plastic shopping bags and water bottles are two easy items to keep out of your recycling bins by purchasing reusable alternatives. These are inexpensive items to buy and spending an afternoon wandering our lovely downtown shops will surely lead you in the right direction.
Plant native trees and wildflowers
Restoring native plants is not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also provide shelter to local wildlife and support vital pollinators such as honeybees. The Otsego Conservation District is an excellent resource on native vegetation and your one-stop shop for local wildflowers and grasses found in northern Michigan. Along with their nursery, they offer a unique demonstration garden throughout the summer.
Buy from your local Farmer’s Market
Supporting your local farming community comes with oodles of benefits! While eliminating packaging and transporting of goods is obviously helpful to our environment, no on can deny that first bite into a farm fresh apple, strawberry or piece of sweet corn. The Downtown Gaylord Farmer’s Market is opening for the season soon! Follow them on Facebook for updates on dates, times and vendors.
Earth Day can be every day when you take small steps in the right direction!