Countries far and wide are gearing up to celebrate Earth Day, observed annually on April 22nd.

Clayton Louis Ferrara, Executive Director of IDEAS For Us, says that for many environmental groups, including IDEAS, the holiday has evolved into a grander, month-long celebration known as Earth Month.

“This year, Earth month in Orlando was something that we helped to kick off with the Walk for Trees event and now, this month there all kinds of events that are occurring that have to do with the environment,” says Ferrara.

Ferrara says the Central Florida Earth Day celebration at Lake Eola on April 23rd will be the main event and stresses the importance of such festivities.

“[T]he holiday to me is a chance to push the topics that don’t get the coverage they deserve into the forefront. [I] think that more people are talking about climate change and things like that than ever before and that’s very, very important.”

Ferrara hopes the holiday will expose more people to the dangers of environmental degradation and teach them how they can be a part of the solution.

A few simple ways Ferrara says you can help are by reducing carbon emissions caused while driving by carpooling or using public transportation. You can also help cut carbon emissions by eating a plant heavy diet and by buying locally sourced food. And lastly, you can increase wildlife biodiversity by planting a tree.

If you would like to learn more on how you can help be a part of the solution, join IDEAS For US at the monthly meetup of The Hive, every first Wednesday of the month starting at 6:30pm at East End Market in Audubon Park.