A large number of organizations and companies are showing ways in which you can promote, support and protect Mother Earth this year.
INDIANAPOLIS – Earth Day celebrates its 51st year today! All over the city there are opportunities to get involved, to celebrate or protect our earth.
Here is a list of resources to get you started.
1. Take a walk in the park – and help clean up while you’re there
Did you know that there are 212 parks in Indianapolis, not to mention various walking trails in the city?
IndyParks encourages people to clean up one of them in honor of Earth Day.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will provide bags and gloves to volunteers who do not have their own.
You can get these supplies at the following parks:
Bethel Park, Broad Ripple Park, Brookside Park, Christian Park, Eagle Creek Park, Ellenberger Park, Frederick Douglass Park, Garfield Park, Holliday Park, Indy Island Aquatic Center, Indy World Sports Park, Krannert Park, Kuntz Football Stadium, City Gardens, Perry Park, Pride Park, Rhodius Park, Southeast Park, Thatcher Park, Washington Park, Watkins Park, Windsor Village Park
You will also be asked to post a photo on social media using the @IndyParksRed and @kibiorg tags.
For more information on how to get involved all year round, please visit www.kibi.org.
2. Discover Indiana’s natural beauty
Visit Indy has a Indiana State Nature Passport with nearly 60 outdoor locations to explore.
The program can be registered free of charge. All you have to do is check in at any of the passports and you can start earning prizes.
You can also qualify for a competition and certain drawings throughout the year.
This program is free, but there are entrance fees when you visit.
3. Plant something yourself
Check out the local plant stores to see if they have Earth Day sales that will help you get a head start on the balcony garden or plant-filled house you have dreamed of.
Snakeroot Botanicals in Fountain Square is offering 50% off Earth Day sales to kick off your spring garden.
You can also purchase a Midwest Pollinator Pack online. It is a collection of seeds that grow into flowers that are native to Indiana and the Midwest. These pollinators will help to support the local butterfly and bee population.
If you are concerned that an accidental snowfall will ruin your freshly planted flowers, learn more about how to keep them safe from Pat Sullivan.
4. Start composting to aid the local gardens
Composting Green with Indy is a year-round compost collection service for residential areas and businesses.
With each scheduled pick-up date, Green with Indy will transport your food waste to GreenCycle of Indiana. It then becomes rich soil for Indianapolis to be used for growing local and healthy garden table vegetables.
You can sign up for private or commercial services on their website.
5. Swap your monthly grocery subscription box for one that allows it
Misfit Market and Imperfect Foods are subscription boxes that can help you reduce food waste, cut food costs, and save time in the grocery store.
It’s similar to HelloFresh or Blue Apron. The programs allow you to choose products that may not be aesthetic enough to be served in a grocery store, but are still perfect to eat!
Both services deliver to Indianapolis!
6. Donate to the White River Alliance 2021 Spring Gift Match
Support the creation resources, educational programs, and partnerships that promote, protect, and enhance the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of the White River ecosystem by donating to the White Match Alliance 2021 Spring Match Gift.
Greater Indy-based Coca-Cola Consolidated is committed to collecting dollar for dollar donations received between World Water Day and Earth Day 2021!
Additionally, anyone who makes a donation of $ 150 or more will receive a voucher for a free rain barrel, also sponsored by Coca-Cola!
7. Sign up to host or direct a local promotional campaign
Consider running a local Clear Choices clean water campaign in your neighborhood or with your work colleagues.
This program allows you to set an individual goal to prevent pollution or protect the water and create your own group website where you can follow the progress towards your specific goal!
Promise topics range from native plants to pet poo to fertilizer use, the introduction of storm drains, and much more! Check it out here.
8. Find out about Indian coal ash ponds
What if pollutants from coal-fired power plants get into a community’s water and into your body?
Indiana Public Broadcasting journalists have been reporting on this topic for years.
On Wednesday April 28th, you can have a virtual demonstration of your “In the Water” project.
It’s an investigative documentary about Indiana’s coal ash ponds and they have a live discussion board after the screening.
Discussions will include how to find out if you live near one of Indiana’s many coal ash plants and what to do about it if you do.
9. Involve the children in the Indianapolis Children’s Museum this weekend
This weekend, April 24th, the Children’s Museum is celebrating the 51st anniversary of Earth Day together with organizations around the world.
Children and families can take part in special hands-on activities and visit a sustainability showcase from local organizations promoting their environmental work and responses to climate change.
Activities include creating your own nature journal, creating ball seeds with local wildflower seed, and challenging your friends to a game of carbon footprint sorting.