By Nicholas Conley | April 22, 2019 | 4 Minute Read
Everyone plays a role in the fate of this vibrant planet we call home and if we’re going to help save the Earth, let’s start by cleaning up our own backyard. Let’s focus on cleaning up Boston.
The world is facing its biggest crisis in history, and today’s global superpowers aren’t doing enough to stop it. Increasingly erratic seasons, melting polar ice caps, animal extinctions, and natural disasters paint a foreboding picture of what’s to come. NASA has made it clear that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is caused by human activity. Now that the U.S. government has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accords, local solutions are more important than ever.
There are many ways in which we can clean up Boston, and the rest of New England, while also living a greener lifestyle. One of which includes carrying a reusable bag when you’re shopping instead of paying for a plastic bag. You can also try composting, recycling, and buying your food from sustainable farms.
And of course, never doubt the power of a well-organized rally. Since 1970, the U.S. has celebrated Earth Day every April 22nd; this holiday was instituted due to the tireless efforts of over 20 million environmentally-conscious Americans. Working together, they caused a change, which also led to the bipartisan creation of the Environmental Protection Agency that same year.
However, even as celebrations like Earth Day and Arbor Day come and go, our journey toward a cleaner New England shouldn’t stop there. If we want to get serious about saving the environment, we need to keep up our efforts—not just in April, but all year long. According to Boston.com, the Massachusetts government is aiming to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the end of the decade. Locals can help by joining the many environmental groups in Boston, and the rest of New England, that are fighting for a better tomorrow.
If there’s one thing the world needs more of, it’s trees. Everyone knows about Earth Day, but let’s not forget that the last Friday of every April is Arbor Day—a celebration with roots stretching back to the 1800s. Donate to the Arbor Day Foundation, and they’ll plant a tree in the name of your loved one(s).
Become part of the Boston Climate Action Network (BostonCAN). Since the early 2000s, they’ve organized rallies, gone door-to-door, and advocated for the passage of the Gas Leak Ordinance which passed in 2016.
The Charles River is the heart of Massachusetts. Every year, the Charles River Watershed Association hosts an annual Charles River Cleanup, and over the years, these efforts have made a huge difference to the water quality. Join the team and help preserve the magnificence of the Charles.
Freight Farms now offers the “Leafy Green Machine,” a fully assembled hydroponic farming system capable of growing greens, lettuces, and herbs at any location, any time of the year using sustainable practices. Learn more about how Freight Farms can help you start a new farming initiative in your town, school, or campus.