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10 Simple Ideas to Celebrate Earth Day

Published Apr 22, 2015 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Proverb

  1. Hug at least 3 trees and 3 people. (Did you know that research has shown that hugging for 10 seconds a day reduces heart disease?)
  2. Plant something you can eat in a few months.
  3. Try and have a waste-free day.  (It’s OK to poop)
  4. Eat something that grows in the ground for at least one part of every meal or snack
  5. Pick up garbage at a beach or park.  Have the younger kids pick up as many pieces of  trash as their age.
  6. Eat all your meals outside.
  7. Lay in the grass.
  8. Climb a tree.
  9. Go on a hike.
  10. Ride your bike, rollerblade or walk to work or school.  Do not get in your car all day. 

Blast one of my all time favorite children's singers, Tom Chapin’s, song - Happy Earth Day.  My older kids may give me an eye roll at first, however within moments we are all loudly singing along.  Here are the words and the link to buy the CD or download the song.

Happy Earth Day 
by John Forster & Tom Chapin
© 1992 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

One day she spun out of the sun.
Did she know at the hour of her birth?
That she'd cool and she'd bloom and one day become
The garden we know as the Earth.
Happy happy Earth Day,
Happy happy Earth Day.
From the schools of leaping dolphins and the herds of kangaroo
Happy Earth Day to you.

We celebrate your waterfalls, your glaciers and typhoons,
The sweet smell of your meadows on rainbow afternoons.
The northern lights on starry nights and when the night is gone
The fiery magic of your dawn.
Happy happy Earth Day,
Happy happy Earth Day.
From the fields of chirping crickets and the frogs of Blue Bayou
Happy Earth Day to you.

From the highest Himalaya to the mountains under sea,
From the frozen tip of Greenland to the sands of Galilee.
We're gathering together to raise our voice in song
And pledge to keep you green and strong.
Happy happy Earth Day,
Happy happy Earth Day.
Every time I smell a flower or feel the morning dew,
Every time I see a baby learning something new,
I'm amazed again how blessed we are and it's all thanks to you.
Happy Earth Day to you.
Happy Earth Day to you

This song appears on both Tom Chapin's Billy The Squid and This Pretty Planet CD's.

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