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    Earth Day 2021

    Tomorrow, April 22 is Earth Day!

    What is Earth day, you may ask?

    In 1970, activists started “Earth Day” as a day dedicated to protecting and appreciating the environment. It was started among college students and is set in a window between spring break and the end of spring semester to maximize student involvement. What started as a relatively small college student movement became a global phenomenon in the 1990s, spurring millions of people from 141 countries to celebrate as citizens of the world. Now it is celebrated annually on the 22nd of April and is widely recognized as a day to appreciate nature and to focus on conservation efforts.

    So how can we celebrate Earth Day in Chapel Hill?

    There are many ways!

    You may feel most comfortable celebrating on your own. Great! Spring is a great time to plant many kinds of flowers. Support your honey bees by planting flowers bees love. Notice how much water you are using in a day and consider ways to conserve! Or keep tabs on the amount of trash accumulating in your trashcan this week and think about ways to reduce your carbon footprint that way!

    As for events happening in the area, check out The Peidmont Center Fly Thru happening from 5:30-7:30.

    Or this Food Sale hosted by the town of Carrboro:

    Join us on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, and enjoy tasty food with a beneficial message for Mother Earth. Climate Reality Orange County Chapter is partnering with the Town of Carrboro and Present Day on Main to offer delicious vegan and vegetarian cuisine, from 5-7:30 pm. Celebrate the day with us at the Carrboro Town Commons on Main Street, where the Farmers Market is held.
    Climate Reality Project Orange County, NC Chapter (CROCC) was started in 2019 and is active locally in a variety of climate initiatives. Members have worked with Carrboro Council member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, also a CROCC member, the Carrboro Environmental Planner Laura Janway, and the Carrboro Environmental Advisory Board, on a Food Footprint education outreach module that aligns with the Carrboro Community Climate Action Plan called the Food Footprint.
    The Earth Day Food Footprint Food Sale is being organized to launch engagement in the Carrboro Community Climate Action Plan: Food Measures component of the plan. Reducing consumption of meat products, and especially meat products associated with Concentrated Animal Food Operations (CAFOs), helps lower consumer greenhouse gas emissions created in raising, processing and transporting animal products.
    At the food sale, CROCC hopes to show that cutting back on meat consumption frequency and portion sizes is a painless choice. According to Project Drawdown, plant-rich diets not only reduce emissions, they are healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic disease.  It was reported in a 2016 study that business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. A plant-rich diet can include some meat, for those who just can’t give it up, while being footprint conscious.
    In early 2020, plans were being made for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  These plans were mostly put on hold due to the worsening pandemic. This Earth Day, we will celebrate in a safe manner, outside with masks and social distancing. See you at the Carrboro Town Commons for The Earth Day Food Footprint Food Sale!!!!
    The Climate Reality Project was started in 2006 by former Vice President Al Gore to educate and mobilize climate activists around the world, providing the skills and resources to push for aggressive climate action and high-level policies that accelerate a just transition to clean energy.

    However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have a fantastic Earth Day and can take a moment for some sunny Vitamin D and a deep breath of fresh air.

    Happy Earth Day!

    Mary | Boutique Homes Team Marketing Specialist and Client Care Manager

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