• By Jimmy Chambers District Operations Manager

Earth Day 2020

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Founded as a teach-in in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to educate the public about the environment after a massive oil spill, Earth Day is now a day to inspire everyone to protect our planet. It is observed by over 190 countries and more than one billion people. This year, the Woodford County Conservation District was unable to hand out trees to celebrate this milestone because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although, the Tree Giveaway had to be canceled, we wanted to remind the community of different ways to celebrate Earth Day while practicing social distancing. Take action online Earth Day Network is the global coordinator of Earth Day, and its website lists a variety of ways that people can get involved. Organize your own digital event— for example, a teach-in or online community climate discussion. The Earth Day Network shows you how. Clean up your neighborhood Adopted a stretch of road near your house and go out each day with gloves and a plastic bag to pick up garbage and remove invasive species. Plant trees or a garden Trees not only cool things down, but they also clean the air and give off more oxygen among a ton of other benefits. Another option is to plant your own fruit and veggies, which will benefit your family health. Get produce from a local Farmer’s Market The Woodford County Farmer’s Market is a great way to support local famers and get fresh veggies and fruit. The 2020 Season Opening is Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lexington Road Plaza, 525 Marsailles Road. and Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. Starting on June 1, it will be in the Darlin’ Jean’s parking lot in Midway; and starting June 3, Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as the Lexington Road Plaza location in Versailles. Hold an Earth Day family movie night Watch the best family- and Earth-friendly films: Wall-E; Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar; Dr Seuss: The Lorax; School House Rock! Earth; Arctic Tale; Bears; Earth; March of the Penguins; and To the Arctic. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Institute is presenting a variety of special coverage and programming. See our Earth Day website for more of the Earth Institute’s coverage and content.

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