Celebrate Earth Day by Getting in the Garden

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Sometimes, the best way to feel connected to the land is by digging into it and getting your hands dirty. This Earth Day, celebrate the planet by planting a garden. Here are three reasons why creating your own garden isn’t just good for your soul — it’s good for the Earth. 

1It Helps Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 25 percent of global carbon emissions are caused by the worldwide industrial production of food. Growing your own food, however, can help reduce your carbon footprint. When you garden and grow your own food, the food only travels the distance from your backyard to your table — often in your own hands. This means you are directly decreasing carbon emissions from food packaging, refrigeration, and transportation. There are no fossil fuels being burned to get your carrots transported hundreds or thousands of miles. 

Second, all plants absorb carbon dioxide. This means the more plants we grow, the more carbon dioxide is absorbed. One way to increase this benefit is by replacing your lawn with trees, shrubs, or other native plants.

2It Helps Decrease Pesticides and Fertilizers

Pesticides are not great for people, animals, insects, or our Earth. When you grow your own food, you determine the conditions in which it grows. For many home gardeners, this means eliminating pesticides and chemicals. Not only will you reduce ingesting toxic substances, but you will also reduce their appearance in our soil and water systems. 

3It Helps Limit Your Waste

According to a study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the average household in the United States wastes 31.9 percent of its food. This waste often heads to a landfill, where it will release methane and other greenhouse gasses. When your produce is growing in your backyard, however, it makes it easy to only pick what you need. Understanding that sometimes we can’t eat everything in time, gardeners can also turn to composting to keep items out of landfills. 

The Bottom Line 

This Earth Day, roll up your sleeves, get a little dirty, and help our planet one plant at a time. Your garden, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.

Tags: Environment, Sustainability, gardening

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Stephanie May

Stephanie is a communications consultant by day, writer by night and a mom always. See Full Bio

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