Here’s how you can celebrate Earth Day in the San Antonio area this Thursday

Enjoy a beer, hike a trail or visit a national park

Have plans yet for Earth Day?
Have plans yet for Earth Day? (Pexels stock image)

SAN ANTONIO – Earth Day 2021 is Thursday and there are several ways you can give back to the planet and your community.

The annual event is central to an environmental movement that kicked off in the ’70s and seeks to raise awareness about the consequences of climate change.

While reducing your use of electricity and upping your recycling habits are great ways to honor the planet year-round, Earth Day can be a great day to designate to give back to your local community.

After the uncharacteristic freeze and several days of snow in San Antonio in February, many local plants died from exposure to frigid temperatures. The weather has since warmed up and Earth Day is a prime opportunity to start planting new garden beds that might have been damaged.

Replacing trees that didn’t survive the freeze is another way to help your local community, in addition to helping Mother Nature. Plants and trees help filter air of pollutants and produce oxygen, in addition to helping preserve water levels in soil.

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Do you have asthma?

Earth Day might have a deeper significance for you. Rising carbon dioxide levels boost pollen, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Seasonal allergies are often strongly linked to allergic asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 12 Americans have asthma.

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