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The 49th Earth Day is April 22. Plant Trees and Pick Up Trash!

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We are one year away from the 50th anniversary of Earth Day which began in 1970. As we celebrate the 49th annual Earth Day this year, I’m focusing on two of my simple goals (that anyone can do) for improving the world around me: planting more trees and picking up trash.

Planting Trees:

The Earth Day Network has called on activists to plant 7.8 billion trees, one tree for every person on the planet, as Earth Day heads toward its 50th Anniversary in 2020. Beyond their goal of planting trees, in 2019, the Earth Day Network has chosen a theme of Protect Our Species.

The City of Columbus also has an initiative to plant 300,000 trees by the 2020 Earth Day weekend.

To go along with the idea of planting trees to save the Earth, One Tree Planted allows you to donate $1 to plant one tree.

The Nature Conservancy is also asking people to donate this year for their “Plant a Billion Trees” project.

The Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club will be celebrating with various events. They are looking for volunteers to help them plant 200 trees this Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to noon.

By the way, National Arbor Day is April 26. Plant trees throughout April as you celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. For more information on Arbor Day, visit the Arbor Day Foundation web site HERE.

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Picking up Trash:

You can volunteer to pick up trash in the City of Columbus by visiting their site HERE. Learn about volunteer activities throughout Central Ohio on the Keep Columbus Beautiful volunteer site HERE.

You can also sign up as a group to Adopt-A-Highway for litter pick up. The Knights of Columbus at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church will be holding their first Adopt-A-Highway trash clean up on April 27. Email Mark Needham by April 22 (email: hamms1865@yahoo.com) if you would like to help.

Honestly, you don’t have to sign up to pick up trash. Just go out and do it. Anywhere you look, you can find tons of cups and bags and cigarette butts lying around. It’s not only good for the community to pick up trash, it’s also good exercise for you. And you’ll feel better not only physically, but mentally after you’ve loaded up a bag of trash and see your amazing results.

Earth Day events:

Green Columbus and Earth Day Columbus will celebrate their 13th Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 at Genoa Park from 12-8 pm. There will be food trucks, kids’ activities, and Central Ohio bands.

Like Green Columbus on Facebook HERE.

It’s time to get involved and do all that you can to protect our planet on this Earth Day and every other day of the year.

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