Thursday, April 22nd
Celebrate the Earth, our natural resources, and the outdoor spaces we love!
At Portland Trails, we treat every day like it's Earth Day. We steward natural spaces all year long so that native plants and animals can thrive. We promote people-powered transportation (like walking and biking) and public transit, actions that directly reduce carbon emissions. And we make our trails and green spaces welcoming to our community so that everyone can find moments of joy, respite, and connection in the outdoors.
Take our 2021 Earth Day Action Steps to make a difference today - and every day!
Walk or bike
Today, choose to only travel by foot, bike, or bus! People-powered transportation is an immediate way to reduce carbon emissions from driving short distances. Plus, you never have to worry about finding a parking spot or getting stuck in traffic!
Long-term action: Pick 3 days a week to leave your car at home!
Get your DiriGo TouchPass
Pay your METRO bus fare just by scanning your phone! All you have to do is download the DiriGo TouchPass app and add money to your account. No more counting quarters! Taking the bus is an easy way to keep extra carbon emissions out of the air - and now it's even easier.
Plant a garden for the bees
Plant a native flower or two that pollinators (like bees) will love! "When you plant a native seed," says the Wild Seed Project, "it grows into a tree or shrub or wildflower that provides habitat for all the other creatures up and down the food chain, from pollinating insects, to birds, amphibians, mammals, and invisible creatures of the soil."
Pick up trash
Choose a trail or neighborhood street to spend an hour picking up trash! Bring a trash bag, gloves, and a friend or two to help. This keeps wildlife from eating trash and keeps waste out of water sources.
Long-term action: Bring a trash bag with you on walks and runs and pick up trash as you go.
We all know that we should recycle, but are we doing it right? To help you recycle better, check out ecomaine's Recyclopedia. When you're not sure whether something can be recycled, type it into the Recyclopedia for the answer! Bookmark the web page for future reference.