Meteorologist Charlie Ironmonger offers ideas for Earth Day activities

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – Work to restore the environment is something that WITN meteorologists have said is of the utmost importance.

“Anything we invest in taking care of our local environment, we will get back tenfold,” said WITN meteorologist Charlie Ironmonger.

Whether it’s composting or planting a tree, Earth Day is the perfect time to take action to conserve the planet, but what’s so crucial about the day itself?

“It shows how valuable our planet is and that we must respect the natural resources we receive from it,” Ironmonger explained.

Ironmonger teaches his kids the three Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) from a young age and points out that cleaning up our messes can be pretty easy.

“You can never go wrong with going out the old-fashioned way, picking up trash and putting it in a bin where it belongs, instead of going into the environment,” he said.

And if you want to take Friday to the next level, “you can look into rain collection systems at home,” Ironmonger said. “Right now, most of East Carolina is going through a very dry period.”

While droughts, floods, hurricanes and more are inevitable, a clean earth will make it easier to recover from natural disasters.

“If you have less trash in the water, you have less trash to filter out at the end of the day when you’re trying to clean all the water.”

Finally, litter-free roadsides and waterways can help improve health all the way up the food chain.

“It is less garbage that microorganisms eat. There’s a big problem with the amount of microplastics and even mercury in fish,” Ironmonger said.

Ironmonger says education is key, but as you learn more, don’t be surprised if you decide that every day should be Earth Day.

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