22 April 2021, Earth Day: how to celebrate the occasion in the Tehachapi Mountains

April 22nd, this upcoming Thursday is an annual day of celebration and activity in honor of our beautiful planet, Earth, which will be the 51st observance of Earth Day. “Restore Our Earth” is the subject of the event of this year and natives of the Tehachapi Mountains can join with people from 7 different continents around the world to take part in this particular event.

Origin of Earth Day

In 1969, oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara which greased beaches and wiped out more than 10,000 seabirds and sea mammals, and an event occurred on the same year when the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire that burned everything which floated on its surface. Constant environmental degradation across the world and a series of incidents were the reasons that the ever first Earth Day got held in 1970.

Amount of participants

About 20 million people nationwide took to streets and public places to join in the ever first Earth Day in 1970 at ten of thousands of sites including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities, and it is still considered to be the largest organized demonstration in human history.

Non-partisan event

The event was planned to be an independent one, and the Democrats and Republicans and across the political spectrum also participated in this event. President Nixon and his wife, Betty, planted a tree on the South Lawn of the White House to acknowledge the first Earth Day.

Suggestions for natives of Tehachapi Mountains

What should the residents in the Tehachapi Mountains do to take part in this year’s Earth Day? Basically, there are never-ending ways. In the 50 years since it was first announced, there has always been a well-established tradition of Earth Day litter cleanup — by beaches, lakes, hills, railway tracks, roads etc.

Picking up any trash while walking

Your very Earth Day involvement can be as easy as taking a walk or going for a hike while bringing along a trash bag to pick up any litter that you may come across. You can jog at the Golden Hills Nature Park, around Brite Lake, along the Antelope Run bike path, up at Tehachapi Mountain Park, or some other path or road that seems more interesting for you.

Planting seeds and plants

Another Earth Day tradition definitely includes plantings of all various types: perennials, shrubs, trees, etc. This week also happens to be the California Native Plant Society’s annual California Native Plant Week, so do contemplate planting a California native plant on April 22. Colorful native flowers that allure butterflies, bees, wasps, and other pollinators are marvelous options. Mountain Gardens Nursery on the corner of Curry and C Streets always has choices of native flowers and trees, and owner Rick Gillis is a considerable source of information on good native plant selections. James Burns and the JDB
Nursery in Cummings Valley is also an elite source of information and significant planting material.
Planting your own favorite seeds is another enjoyable method to symbol Earth Day. When these plants will get bigger, it will be easy for you to remember on what day you planted them. Native plants, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and trees, planting any of them is pleasing and in keeping with the “Restore Our Earth” theme.

Creating a little water source

One more good idea is to give some habitat development for the wildlife, like creating a little water source for birds and other mammals to drink to quench their thirst, for instance putting up a hummingbird feeder or other bird feeders on a tree, a bird or bat house, etc.
This is a modern era where the internet exists, thus needless to say there are many and wonderful Earth Day ideas and projects which can be searched online. Eventually, nevertheless, I believe it is better to spend some Earth Day time outside away from electronic devices, just purely enjoy the beautiful and energetic outdoors.
Although, you may go for marking Earth Day, kindly think about how fortunate we are to have this gorgeous planet as both our inheritance from the past and our legacy to the future.

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