Happy May! The first of May, also called May Day, brings the tradition of giving a basket of flowers to your friends, family, and/or neighbors. This celebration came from Roman times, where May Day was a five-day festival of flowers.
Traditionally, May Day baskets contain paper flowers and treats for the recipient, but paper flowers can’t be planted and survive for years to come. Instead, give a gift of flower seeds or a potted plant.
Flowers and other plants help the environment in a lot of ways. They pull in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which helps reduce climate change and improve air quality. Studies show that flowers clean the soil by absorbing toxins through their roots. Many flowers also attract and provide habitat for beneficial insects like butterflies and bees.
This month, give a friend some flower (or other plant) seeds. It’s exciting to watch flowers grow, and plants are good for the environment. Instead of using resources (trees, water, energy) to make paper flowers, you’ll be using the resources of water (to grow the plant) and sun (which is free) for long-lasting environmental benefits. Post a picture of your grown flowers or plants on Instagram and tag @project5billion. Comment below to take the challenge!
The planet thanks you!
These challenges ask you