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Maryland Earth Day Guide

Celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2022!

April 1970 was the first year that Earth Day was recognized and celebrated. Have we made much progress? That’s certainly a question for debate. If nothing else, I’m more aware now of how much needs to be done. 

What I don’t understand is why we aren’t doing more? There are a lot of simple things that we can do that when multiplied can have a big impact. 

I believe that it is well understood that the environment we live in is a delicate ecosystem where one building block supports the next. The loss of habitat for birds and other pollinators is setting the stage for a dangerous lack of diversity. What happens without them? In California farmers have to rent bees to come in and pollinate their almond trees.  

One family, and then another, and another can start to make a difference. Here are some simple things your family can do.

  • Plant native trees and flowers to create a habitat for pollinators
  • Not only pick up your own trash, but pick up any trash you see when you visit a park or take a hike
  • Turn off your lights at night
  • Be very careful treating your yard with fertilizers and pesticides.

Want to learn more about what you can do to improve the environment? Here are some tips from the Chesapeake Bay Program:


Read on for more Maryland Earth Day Guide content, including volunteer opportunities to clean up area streams and waterways plus creative ways to connect with the great outdoors —

Project Clean Stream: Boots on for trash-free stream

Nurturing With Nature: Easy Ways to Help Kids Connect with the Great Outdoors

Creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Rent a Cabin from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

Third Floor Views Podcast:

*What Does Green Building Mean? Podcast airing on Friday, April 8 at 2pm.

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