Earth Day 2016


By growing an organic container veggie garden, kids can celebrate Earth Day all year long. When kids in cities plant organic roof, patio, balcony, and community edible gardens, they can improve their local air, water, environment, and health. Planting fruit trees along an alley, growing school veggie gardens, or creating pollinator gardens in unused urban lots, are ways that kids can make life better on Planet Earth. On the first Earth Day 1970, I gave a speech in downtown Los Angeles, CA about recycling plastic bags and for years I was laughed at for washing, reusing, and repurposing them. Kids can use cloth bags that are available everywhere instead of plastic bags. Petroleum-based plastic products take up a large percent of the landfills, are polluting our oceans, and do not decompose. Kids can use edible knives, forks, and spoons that come in flavors instead of plastic cutlery. Reuse, recycle, and reduce. Factories pump wastes into rivers and streams; people dump trash into lakes and oceans; industrial conventional farms pollute the waters with herbicides, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals. The main cause of air pollution is the burning of fossil fuels which has powered cars, trucks, airplanes, factories, businesses, and homes. Fortunately, solar panels and wind machines are slowly replacing coal and oil fuel, and families are buying electric cars, sharing rides and riding bikes to ease their carbon footprint. Kids can join local groups on Earth Day to help clean lakes, rivers, and ocean beaches. Kids can plant a tree in the forest, as part of an Arbor Day festival, or in a container on their patio. Kids can plant an organic veggie garden in their patio, backyard, or community garden for Earth Day and enjoy the harvest throughout the year.

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