What you can do: The greener green thumb
Choose to plant only from seed (it'll cut out the energy-wasting time spent shipping plants). On top of that, choose "open pollinators," which are self- or wind-pollinating. Some other garden tips: Decrease the grassy area on your lawn to save lawn mowing (replace it with mulched or planted areas), and buy plants native to Knoxville.
More than 30 years after the first Earth Day, we're still facing many of the same problems, heightened by greater awareness of the worsening effects of climate change. Here are ways that people in East Tennessee are working to improve things in their own corners.