We asked, you came and together we celebrated Earth Day! Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday, April 20, to restore the places and plants you care about in Oregon and enjoy a Picnic for Earth!
As part of SOLVE IT, an annual Earth Day event for volunteers to dig in and take care of Oregon’s parks, neighborhoods and waterways, The Nature Conservancy invited Oregonians to get your hands dirty at one of our preserves.
Our Earth Day volunteer restoration work parties were spread across the state:
At each of these locations, volunteers removed various invasive plants and enjoyed a picnic lunch together. We provided drinks and dessert. People like you brought the inspiration (and lunch).
Why people work together to restore our state's natural wonders is clear: Oregonians care about nature and want a hand in protecting it. But you may be wondering, “Why a picnic?” Well, currently all 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.
The Nature Conservancy works closely with the people who make our food — from large companies to local farmers — all over the world. In Oregon, for example, we’re partnering with fishermen, land managers and others to improve fishing gear and reduce waste and habitat impacts, while also working to benefit fishermen and help bring a higher value fish to market.
More than 200 million pounds of harvested fish are offloaded via Oregon docks each year. Working together and with your support, we can restore and protect Oregon’s vital marine systems — like those found in the marine reserve right off Cascade Head Preserve — and safeguard future food supplies, helping ensure coastal communities thrive.
If you couldn't join us at a "Picnic for Earth" volunteer work party, don’t worry! You can still celebrate the Earth — and eat. We have lots of other volunteer opportunities this field season, and you can always host your own picnic!
All you have to do is grab some friends and family (or a date) 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. And you can share it with us through social media by using #AllHandsPicnic.
We have lots of picnic tips and recipes to help make your day green and tasty, too. All that’s left for you to do is celebrate the Earth and all that nature has to give!