We have just celebrated Earth Day and protecting our Mother Earth should not stop there. It’s a terrific time to get outside and move around now that the weather is finally getting warmer and the trees and flowers are reviving. Here are some suggestions from Doctors Nova Scotia for practical ways you can protect the environment in your neighborhood.
Hit the beach
There are plenty of beaches to explore throughout Nova Scotia’s 13,300 kilometers of coastline, but there is also a lot of trash that needs to be picked up while you are there. Hundreds of thousands of pieces of trash have been cleaned up on the beach in the past five years, said Annapolis Valley resident Karen Jenner, who posts pictures of her beach finds on Facebook. Take a rubbish bag the next time you go to the beach and see how much trash you can gather before you leave, or think about joining Scotian Shores, which coordinates cleanup efforts in Yarmouth and throughout the province.
Life is a highway…
The side of the road is another location where various type of trash amass. You probably reside next to a busy road with debris-filled ditches. Why not join the Adopt-a-Highway program with your place of employment, local organization, educational institution, or even family? Volunteers who want to adopt a stretch of road for three years and hold two rubbish collections a year are supported by the provincial program. Instead of making such a lengthy commitment, think about the Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up program.
Can you dig it?
While it may be tempting to go right out into the garden to clear away the debris from last season and begin planting, professional gardeners advise delaying this for a few weeks. That does not, however, imply that nothing needs to be done to sustain the insects, birds, and animals that share our outdoor environments. This is the ideal time to organize and plant some seeds for a pollinator-friendly garden in your yard, on your balcony, or in a shared garden space. There are several initiatives available to help reforestation efforts, whether you’re interested in planting a family woodlot or participating in a one-day tree-planting event in your city. Planting trees is another excellent method to support the environment.
One approach for people to significantly reduce their personal carbon footprints is through active transportation, such as biking or walking instead of driving. Why not update your understanding on bike and pedestrian safety on Earth Day, then resolve to ride or walk for one commute per week?
Make it last
Last but not least, think about what you can do to prevent trash from occurring in the first place, whether that means producing your own reusable shopping bags or going to a store that lets you bring your own containers.
More to this article at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/healthy-living/active-month
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