Every year since 1970 the world has come together in some shape or form to celebrate “Earth Day”. Unlike many other holidays that are based around consumerism, Earth Day is unique in the sense that it can and should be celebrated with nothing new at all!
Earth Day is a great excuse to teach your children about the environment. After all “we only have one earth, so we have to take care of her” (Gaylord Nelson). Below are some super simple Earth Day activities that you can do with the entire family.
Lead by Example
First and foremost, children learn best through example. Not to put any unnecessary pressure on you parents, but it is time to practice what you preach. On Earth Day in particular try to go out of your way to reduce, reuse and recycle. For example, if you see litter on the sidewalk pick it up and explain to your children why it is important to keep the Earth clean.
Pack a Green Lunch
Did you know that according to TIME Magazine, “the average American produces more than four pounds of garbage per day”, which over the course of a year is more than 1,600 pounds of per person. Yikes! Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to step up your lunch making game and pack a green lunch. Try using reusable containers to package your child’s food and replacing plastic bottled drinks with a reusable water bottle. Fruit and vegetables are the absolute best option for green lunches as they are already conveniently packed in their own environmentally friendly container!
Plant a Garden
As cliche as this may sound...why not plant a garden? Kids love to get their hands dirty and getting them to grow their own grub will help them appreciate where food comes from! Since prices for organic produce are on the rise this is also a perfect opportunity to eat green without pinching pennies.
Candle Lit Dinner
Having dinner by candle light doesn’t just have to be for romantic occasions. Celebrate Earth Day by turning off the lights and having a candle lit family dinner. This is a fun way to show your kids that even small acts, like turning off the lights, can make a big difference in the long run.
If you don’t want to commit to joining an organized beach or park cleanup why not take some initiative and do your own. Grab your family, some gloves, a garbage bag and a recycling bin and head down to your neighbourhood playground, park, or green space. Your children will get to see first hand how impactful just a few minutes of their time can make on the environment. Not the mention you will be doing good for the local community by cleaning up a public outdoor space.
So with that being said, go celebrate & go green!
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These are some great ideas and tips! I especially love the "lead by example" ... we have 5 kids and I love seeing them have an impact on the environment ... or better yet when they are telling one of their friends to do so ... rewarding and nice to know what I've been "teaching" all these years has been heard! LOL
My family and I celebrate Earth Day, often by going to Earth Day events at parks or the Zoo. Leading a good example is so important, I wouldn't have the knowledge and care for the planet and nature if my parents hadn't provided a strong example for me. Packing lunches and growing your own garden are really neat ways to be proactive. Learning about recycling, nature, and the planet should be taught to every child.