Guest Post By Denise Carleton, Reaping Nature Education Outreach Foundation
Founded back in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide by more than 190 countries.
But what if every day could be Earth Day?
Here are 5 family friendly ways you can show your support for the environment and have fun doing it – together.
#1 – RECYCLE
Recycling saves trees, conserves energy, curbs water pollution, reduces landfills, and creates prosperity.
Forsyth County earned $60,000 in revenue from the recycling of plastics at convenience centers in 2012.
Annually Georgians bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in Georgia.
5 recyclable items used every day:
#2 – COMPOST
Composting diverts waste from landfills, improves soil, is a free fertilizer, a superior alternative to chemical fertilizers, and is the best gift you can give your garden.
Composting requires very little work and can be done in apartments to roof tops. There are over 80 things that can be composted!
5 compostable items:
#3 – GROW
Growing your own vegetables is inexpensive, improves your health, connects family and friends, saves money, and is very rewarding.
It’s also a great way to show yours kids where food comes from using the compost you make to fertilize your garden, and April just happens to be the best month to start a garden.
5 vegetables that can be grown easily:
#4 – VOLUNTEER
Volunteering helps you live longer, establishes strong relationships, is good for your career, is good for society, and gives you a sense of purpose.
Keep Forsyth County Beautiful holds many events, workshops, and programs yearlong. Consider making volunteering part of your life.
5 upcoming events and programs:
Mobile Trash Unit – April 24
Adopt-A-Road – All Year Long
Shore Sweeps – September 27
Recycle Electronics – May 3
AAS Workshops – April 26*
*Adopt-A-Stream Amphibian Workshop, Central Park
#5 – EXPLORE
Exploring the great outdoors can turn a frown upside down, makes children and families happier, makes you healthier, is educational, and is very relaxing.
There are many great places to get outside in Forsyth County. Many are free and provide an opportunity for you and your family to unplug, unwind, and explore nature together.
This Earth Day make a commitment to being healthier and happier by picking 5 actions that you and your family can commit to.
You’ll reap the rewards this Earth Day and every day.
About Denise Carleton
Denise Carleton lives in Cumming with her husband two daughters. She is the founder of Reaping Nature Productions and Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation. She is also the Conservation Department Chair for Sawnee Woman’s Club and Race Director for the Five Points Challenge 5K. She has received awards for her environmental efforts from Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. To learn more about Denise and Reaping Nature visit www.reapingnature.org and www.reapingnature.com. You can contact Denise by emailing her at info @ reapingnature. com.