Why every day should be Earth Day

Dear Editor,

We recently commemorated Earth Day and it got me thinking. Earth Day is a day we set aside to both learn about our environment and to do something to conserve and improve it.

Whether we realize it or not, all of us benefit from the natural resources all around us. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear and the technology we use every day, in one way or another our daily lives are affected by things that come from our beautiful planet.

So why do we set aside just one day a year to focus on maintaining and improving this thing that gives us everything?

As the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), I spend every day working closely with the Barnwell Soil and Water Conservation District to help local farmers, ranchers, and foresters conserve our natural resources. Our focus is on maintaining and improving local soil, water, animal, plant, air, and energy resources.

While the proper use and care of these resources is essential to the livelihoods of those involved in agriculture, it doesn’t just affect them and it shouldn’t be up to them alone to care for them.

So what can you do? Every little bit helps. Hold on to that empty bottle or food container just a little longer so you can put it in a trash can instead of throwing it out on the side of the road. Better yet, set aside a recycling bin at home and dispose of recyclables separately from your trash by dropping them off at a local convenience site. You can drop of your used shopping bags at the bins outside Bi-Lo. Avoid over-watering your lawn. These are just a few examples of simple things each of us can do to conserve and improve our local natural resources.

For more information on recycling in Barnwell County, visit the Solid Waste Management and Recycling section of the Barnwell County website, or call the Solid Waste Department at 803-541-1109.

For a pamphlet on how to know when and how much to water your lawn, stop by the USDA-NRCS office at 100 Fuldner Road in Barnwell.

Let’s each do what we can to make every day Earth Day.

Jessica Humes,

USDA-NRCS

District Conservationist