By Jenna Pearlstein
It is that time of the year again! Earth day is upon us. As a member of this sweet sweet earth it is your unsung responsibility to do your part this earth day. February was full of fun temperatures, propelling us into spring a little earlier than expected. Although these spikes in temperature were mostly caused by a Pacific jet stream they were perpetuated by climate change. Carbon pollution trapped the heat in the atmosphere making warm temperatures even warmer. The redistribution of temperatures may seem fun for us Northeasterners who got to pull out the tanning lotion a little early this year, but not so much for middle America. Humid and toasty weather patterns have sustained havoc-raising thunderstorms and tornadoes in flat farmland. Our ecosystem is also responding negatively to rising temperatures. Vegetation is blooming prematurely in hopes of soaking up some of the sun rays only to be frozen when the cold weather returns. Flowers may shed their petals before bees (save the bees) are able to pollinate them! These micro-occurrences world wide will have devastating effects on both flora and fauna.
So! What can you do this earth day?! Philadelphia has so many amazing opportunities to make a difference!
If you are interested in sustainable food production visit Arbor day family day to learn more about gardening and experiment with seeds.
Saturday, April 23
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | $9-$17 general admission
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Hunting Park Clean Up
Keep Philadelphia and our earth as clean as possible! Lunch will be offered, but if you are under 18 you will need a parent or guardian in attendance as well.
Friday, April 22
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Free
900 Hunting Park Avenue
Other than these cool events research what small adjustments you can make to your everyday lifestyle to be a green machine!