In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) announces a unique webinar series called “Earth Day at Home.”
Recognized each year on April 22, the first Earth Day in 1970 in which reportedly 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet, is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
This RCE series debuts with a live webinar on April 20 focused on soil health and will be presented by Steve Yergeau, county agent, RCE of Ocean and Atlantic counties. Yergeau’s presentation will cover soil compaction, a major problem that can impact lawns, gardens and cause rainwater runoff. He will share information on what causes compaction, how to figure out if your yard is experiencing compaction and how to correct soil compaction at home.
The “Earth Day at Home” series is designed for anyone who wishes to take small steps to protect the environment. These steps include taking action to make homes more sustainable, from environmentally friendly lawn care to composting and reducing plastic waste.
The live, interactive sessions, taught by RCE experts, will last one hour and will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. through June 29. To participate, either a computer, tablet or smartphone, with speakers is needed. The series of live events is free but participants are asked to register. A full schedule of the remaining events in the RCE series is available below.
4/27/20- Environmentally-Friendly Landscape Care
5/4/20- Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard
5/11/20- Home Vegetable Gardening For Food, Fun and Stress Management.
5/18/20- Reducing Food Waste
5/26/20 (Tuesday)- Reducing Plastic Waste
6/1/20- Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard.
6/8/20- Exploring Your Watershed from Home
6/15/20- Backyard Composting 101
6/22/20- Ticks and Lyme Disease
6/29/20- Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ