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Dig Deep: Things you can do to celebrate Earth Day every day

Denver’s first Earth Day, 1970

Earth Day began in 1970, when Senator Gaylord Nelson encouraged US citizens to speak up about climate change and the need for environmental preservation. Each year since then, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to emphasize the importance of protecting our planet – because we only have ONE! The official theme for Earth Day this year is “Invest In Our Planet.” This Earth Day, you can make a difference by participating in one of the options below:

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY THE ROOT WAY

EAT MINDFULLY 

  • Safe Catch’s mission is to provide consumers with pure and delicious seafood, while also protecting purity in our oceans, lakes, and rivers. Learn more about their advocacy for our oceans and what they’re doing as a company to eliminate mercury levels in canned fish.
  • Stay tuned for our blog launching next week, which recaps various environmentally-friendly companies we found at Natural Products Expo West last month!

EAT LOCALLY

In Colorado, here are a few ways support the earth through your neighborhood businesses:

  • Seek out and support your local farm-to-table restaurants and their earth-friendly initiatives (our suggestion: Farow restaurant, which sources 90% of their menu within 10 miles of their location).
  • Try a locally sourced meal kit from Spade & Spoon. Some local farms they support include Buckner Family Farm, Hoffman Farms, Well Fed Farmstead, and more!
  • Start a Victory Garden in your own backyard! Victory Gardens support the environment by producing chemical-free fruits and vegetables. This concept helps the community by creating leftover crops to share or donate to those in need.

GET INVOLVED

Feast in the Field
  • Get your whole family involved! Mountain RootsExpansion of Backyard Harvest Program provides unique summer programs for Colorado kids and out-of-state visitors alike.
    • Camp themes this summer include how to start a food-centered business, cooking in the backcountry, bee-hotel making, and fly fishing on the Gunnison River programming. Learn more here

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO HELP OUR ENVIRONMENT

  • The Great Global Cleanup – Find a cleanup, share a cleanup or register for a cleanup to reduce plastic pollution near you.
  • Support sustainable fashion – This Earth Day, take a look in your closet. Learn more about sustainable fashion on earthday.org or check out this 2022 Vogue article for additional guidance.
  • Environmentally supportive events near you – Here’s a great list of Earth-related volunteer opportunities to browse.
    • For all local Denver folks, there is a “LoDo Cares 2023 Earth Day Cleanup” happening on Saturday, April 22nd at Rothman Children’s Playground! Sign up and learn more here
  • Advocate for our earth – It makes a difference when we advocate for our planet! Write a letter to your local elected officials, register to vote, speak up on social media by tagging #EarthDay or #InvestInOurPlanet.

Earth Day is our friendly reminder to support the wellbeing of our Earth in any way possible to help fight climate change and other environmental issues at hand. Take a look at this Earth Day Action Toolkit for any additional Earth Day information you may need.

[Photo Credit: Mountain Roots Food Project, Farow restaurant, Mind Blown, The Denver Public Library]

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