Let’s take a look at Earth Day and learn about how we can all lend a hand and support this beautiful place we call home. Here’s some fun facts about Earth Day in Tucson and around the globe!
Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Around the world there are various events, demonstrations, and more to help raise awareness and support for environmental protections. Earth Day began in 1970 and continues strong today with more than 193 countries celebrating around the globe.
Part of what makes Earth Day special is that it gives us a chance to celebrate the variety of ecosystems that are supported by our amazing home planet. Deserts, Savannah’s, steppes, temperate forests, tropical forests, boreal forests, tundras, mediterranean vegetation, and of course the water and artificial ecosystems that we encounter on a daily basis.
In Tucson, the ecosystems range from desert to temperate forests which can surprise some people. The elevation changes has a lot to do with the wide variety of ecosystems in Tucson and Arizona as a whole. The big one is clearly the deserts! The Sonoran Desert is believed to have the greatest species diversity of any desert in North America! There are so many amazing species of birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and more than 100 species of fish! More than that there are nearly 2,000 speeches of plants that have been identified in the Sonoran Desert!
Ask Not What Earth Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Earth!
Now that we’ve taken a quick look at Earth Day and the amazing features the Earth displays right here in Tucson, let’s talk about what you can do to support your local environment this year for Earth Day!
Right here in Tucson there are all kinds of amazing trails for biking, hiking, and outdoor activities. If you live in or near any of our awesome MCLife Communities in Tucson (East Tucson: The Place at Twenty-Two, West Side: The Place at 2120, and in Oro Valley: The Place at Rock Ridge to name a few) you can participate in these great earth friendly activities.
Get Out There
Unplug for a day. Head out to some of the amazing trails in Tucson where you can enjoy this amazing planet we call home. Here are some great choices near all of our Tucson properties. Tucson is gorgeous and living in Tucson means we get to enjoy a variety of beautiful landscapes. If you don’t like hiking you can always enjoy these trails on your bicycle! Some are even pet friendly, check out the ones near our Tucson communities right here.
Enjoy Some Time Unplugged
Getting away from your devices and a house full of electronics that are sucking up energy can be a great way to support your local environment and a great way to calm down and relax a bit. Check out these pet friendly places in Tucson so you can bring your furry friend along for the ride!
If you want to get out and enjoy some time with your pets on Earth Day this year, check out these dog parks that are near our MCLife Tucson Communities!
Don’t Drive The Car
Cars, trucks, SUVs, and other forms of personal transportation which engines make up a big part of our carbon footprint. If you’d like to support the local environment in Tucson, leave the car at home and take some form of transportation. Check out the Tucson transit info here for easy ways to take public transportation! There are locations near all of our properties in Tucson that make it easy to access public transportation which can help you lessen your need for a personal vehicle.
This is perhaps the easiest way you can support the environment no matter where you are! In Tucson the recycling program is fantastic. The city provides pickup for recyclables with your regular trash pickup. If you live in any of our Tucson locations you have access to this easy way to recycle. If not, you can recycle with your normal garbage pickup in the green bins! Check out the schedule and more info right here.
Reusable Grocery Bag
Carry your own reusable grocery bags to the store if you are doing some shopping this Earth Day (and everyday) this is an easy way to make sure that you are not creating unnecessary plastic. These bags can help prevent the plastic variety from ending up in the ground, in the ocean, and of course recycling them is an option but it takes energy and waste to recycle them! I’ve found that keeping some bags in my car makes it easy to have them on hand if a surprise shopping trip comes up!