Georgians Encouraged to Head Outdoors on Earth Day

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It’s April 22,  otherwise known as Earth Day.

“It’s important that we consider Earth Day as a chance to make a commitment to engaging with the natural world,” says Sherry Crawley, with the Nature Conservancy of Georgia.

She says there’s a wide range of plant and animal life throughout the Peach State.

“We have some amazing rivers in the northern part that has species found nowhere else in the world.  The Georgia Coast is in very good condition, relatively speaking, when it’s compared to other coastal areas.”

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Earth Day made its national debut in 1970.

Officials stress there are many little steps people across the country can take to be friendlier to the environment.

“Get out and ride your bike more often or walk your kids to school.  Think about the water that you use every day and how you can use a little less.  Consider planting native species in your yard or garden,” says Crawley.

Earth Day falls on National Park Week, which is when parks across the nation waive entry fees.  

That includes a number of spots in Georgia, including the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and the Cumberland Island National Seashore.