What are you doing this Earth Day?

Sunday April 22 marks the 42nd annual Earth Day, a global event meant to celebrate the Earth and raise awareness for environmental causes.

So what can you do to celebrate? Here are some ideas!

 

Buy an indigenous plant

Go to your local nursery and get yourself a new plant, indigenous of course! Be on the lookout for the Spekboom (Portulacaria Afra). Spekboom has an exceptional ability to take big quantities of carbon dioxide out of the air and convert it oxygen.  Ongoing research shows that 1ha of Spekboom can covert cargon dioxide to an average of 4.2t of oxygen per year.  (This makes South Africa very popular on the international carbon dioxide sequestration commercial market)

 

Porkbush (source: http://www.herbgarden.co.za)

Have a picnic at one of the Botanical Gardens

We have about 15 botanical gardens all over South Africa, and with their lush gardens, trees and birds, it makes the perfect picnic spot! Take some sandwiches, lemonade and biltong and enjoy the outdoors. Just don’t forget to take your blanket!

You can find more info about the Botanical Gardens here:

http://www.sa-venues.com/national-botanical-gardens.htm

 

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden (source: http://www.sanbi.org)

 

Have a romantic candle-lit dinner with your loved one.

What a great excuse to turn off the lights and get cosy. Lit a few candles, enjoy a home cooked meal, and use the fire place for extra warmth. Who thought celebrating Earth Day could be so good? ;)

 

Go on a hiking trail

This is a great way to experience fresh air, fauna and flora all at the same time. South Africa has a huge variety of awesomely scenic hiking trails. Hiking trails are not only for the experienced hiker, there are many trails that are more than suitable for the beginner. All you need is a good pair of takkies, a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. Check out some of the beautiful trails here:

http://www.southafrica.info/travel/adventure/hiking.htm

http://www.sahikes.co.za/

http://www.tablemountainwalks.co.za/

 

 

 

Why not extend Earth Day and make into an Earth Week. Try out these fun activities and let me know what you thought of it!

 

 

Sources:

Spekboom Trees http://www.indigenousflora.co.za/index.php?page_id=15&page=Spekboom

http://www.sa-venues.com/national-botanical-gardens.htm

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jan-Hendrik
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 13:56:52

    Good suggestions!! Might very well try one out (even though earth day is already past! hehe). Thanks!

    Reply

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