Earth Day falls on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The event was created 51 years ago to draw attention to the health of our planet. The theme this year Earth Day observances is Restore Our Earth. There are fewer events in Richmond this year but there are still a lot of great things you can do for the planet and for your mental health that appreciate and support nature.
If you are going to stay home on Earth Day:
- Create Your Own Garden: with resources from the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
- Create a butterfly garden in your own backyard with resources from Maymont
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood and appreciate the nature keeping your social distance
- Read books that focus on the earth, environmental issues and people who have made a difference. For adults read The Everglades River of Glass by Marjorie Stoneman as well as more contemporary books on water by Cynthia Barnett and others.
- For children Mrs. Rumphius is one of the many books that give simple lessons on how to to make the world a better place.
•Ditch the car and walk, run or ride your bike to and within a park from this Ultimate list of Richmond-area parks
•Enjoy the bodies of water on a craft from this list of: Boat launches and marinas
If you can’t get out on Earth Day. Check out the websites and social media sites of nature centers to appreciate their beauty and better understand the environmental issues there:
Appreciate the Earth by eating one of these 20 green foods for Earth Day
Green tomato, broccoli, kale, avocado, limes, asparagus, lettuce, cucumber, chive, artichoke, basil, peas, green apples, grapes, celery, Brussel sprouts, string beans, spinach, frogs legs, Kiwi, chives, pistachio nuts. Which is your favorite?
Jam to tunes that bring attention to the earth, the environment:
Like these Berkley College of Music students’ virtual rendition of What the World Needs Now.
Counting Crows Big Yellow Taxi aka They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot
More things to do in and around Richmond: