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 the 51st annual 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 pair of gloves, garbage bags or buckets to remove refuse and a positive attitude. White Birch Outfitters in Gaylord is currently in the midst of their 2nd annual Iron Belle Trail cleanup campaign, which runs through April 25. Click here to join in their mission.
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. If you happen to be visiting our area, Up North Paddlesports has convenient bicycle rentals so 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, along with their annual spring tree sale, they support a nursery and 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 soon; find vendor information and updates on their Facebook page.
Earth Day can be every day when you take small steps in the right direction!