Earth Day Call to Action: Plant Natives!

Earth Day, an amazing, annual, rekindling of a commitment to heal the environment, is 45 years old today! A movement that was born to raise consciousness about air and water pollution, to recycling world wide, to focusing on climate change and clean energy, has united people of all backgrounds, in communities around the globe, in a common cause. It can be done!

Hometown Habitat aligns fully with the Earth Day mission, as a citizen’s call to action, to restore native ecosystems in every hometown. By restoring native plants one person, one family, one community, we will achieve sustainability. And, what is more amazing than the power that native plants have in helping to fix the environmental issues that inspired Earth Day in the first place? Native plants provide ecosystem services such as sequestering carbon, cleaning air and water by filtering pollutants, capturing storm water, stopping erosion, building topsoil, providing diversity for insects and pollinators, and connecting humans to their natural world.

Image courtesy of Hometown Habitat

On South Florida’s Virginia Key, Fernando Bretos (Curator of the Science Museum) demonstrates to volunteers how far apart to plant Mangrove propagules for a Mangrove reclamation project started by EcoArtist, Xavier Cortata. Image courtesy of Hometown Habitat

An exciting, important part of this project has been engaging environmental organizations around the country. As we work in the field filming and through fundraising outreach, we have connected with groups in every single state. Screenings are already being planned and folks are anxious for the fall release.

We see Hometown Habitat being shared in classrooms, churches, businesses and communities to educate about the vital role of native plants and to get the ball rolling toward restoring habitat. The film will be authored in chapters so it can be viewed in its entirety or by each story. For example, city officials might want to take a look at the tree canopy story in New York City to see how city planners there successfully envisioned planting a million new trees within ten years. Good news. The initiative is actually two years ahead of schedule!

The next few months are critical to the production. We have a very active schedule planned to finish filming by the end of June. Here is where we need your help. Please consider supporting Hometown Habitat. If you are an organization, mulling over a donation with board members, now is the time to jump on board with a gift. If you are an individual, your donation is tax deductible. Make it your Earth Day gift.

And then go out and plant a native plant, like this young girl!

Photo courtesy of Hometown Habitat.

Young student happily joins in Mangrove planting. Mangroves are critical native trees in Florida coastal ecosystems. Photo courtesy of Hometown Habitat.

If you feel strongly about this project, we encourage you to make a donation at chesapeakelandscape.org/hometown-habitat

Happy Earth Day! Go Native!! #HometownHabitat

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