Each year on April 22nd, the world celebrates Earth Day. The Nature Conservancy marks this special holiday by convening people all over the world for a Picnic for Earth.
Why a Picnic? Currently all of the land on Earth being farmed is equal in size to South America. And the land currently being grazed by the world’s livestock is the size of Africa. Yes, you read that right: land equal to the area of two continents is now devoted entirely to meeting our food needs. Now look forward. The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion. To continue to have enough to sustain us, we will need to double our food production. That means using land more productively and water more efficiently.
In response, The Nature Conservancy is working with the world’s food growers — from large companies to local farmers — to keep soils healthy and water quality high. Working together and with your support, we can restore and protect Kentucky’s vital landscapes to safeguard food and water supplies, helping ensure people living in Kentucky’s cities, towns and rural areas and continue to enjoy a good quality of life that includes a strong connection with nature.
Are you looking for something to do in honor of Earth Day? We have a few suggestions.
These nature preserves make the perfect spot for a picnic with friends or a quiet hike in nature. In fact, this time of year a visit to these places will likely be rewarded with a dazzling show of wildflowers.
Watch a Film
Join us for a special screening and discussion of the environmental film: Mother Nature's Child
on April 21, 2013 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Lexington Central Library.
Host a Picnic
Celebrate — and eat – at your own Earth Day picnic! All you have to do is grab some friends and family and pick your favorite outdoor spot. Then, register your picnic and start spreading the word! When adding your event to the Conservancy’s Picnic for Earth map, you can note your event as public or private.