by Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Department of Public Works

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With the COVID-19 pandemic changing everyday life here and around the world, most people have cancelled plans and rearranged their lives, and many are learning how to do new things or do things in a new way. Celebrating Earth Month or the 50th Earth Day is no exception.

Instead of attending tree plantings, community clean ups or Baltimore Earth Day 2020 at Oregon Ridge Park—which was set to be the region’s first major Earth Day event—people have found ways to mark “Earth Day Anyway” at home throughout the month of April. In an effort to help people find ways to participate during the pandemic, the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook page created an “Earth Day Anyway” Facebook Event page and has posted tips and resources for recognizing Earth Month all month long.

Earth Month is now coming to a close, but you can do these things year round to help make ours a more sustainable county and world.

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  1. Use these tips to save energy at home.
  2. Improve your efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  3. Find ways to waste less food.
  4. In the yard: Plant pollinator-friendly native trees and plants (PDF), grasscycle and compost yard materials.
  5. Watch, read and learn about our planet and the ways in which we impact its health. Watch Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s Earth Day video greeting on the County’s Facebook page. Follow Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook and visit the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s “Earth Day Anyway” webpage for ideas and educational resources.