What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day this weekend? Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Events are held around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection, but there are many different ways you can celebrate going green with your family or students!
- Start a compost
- Care.com suggests starting a compost pile in your yard: “Nothing makes plants grow like some fresh compost. Get dirty by collecting weeds, leaves, dying plants and some kitchen waste like veggies, fruits, and coffee grinds. Mix them all up. Place them in an area of your yard to let them decompose. This will be the perfect treat to spread over your plants and grass during the spring and summer.”
- Plant some bee-friendly flowers
- Some populations of bees are critically endangered, but bees are a major contributor to the pollination process around the world! Help out the bees in your area by planting some wildflowers in your garden that are native to your area. Visit a local nursery and ask about what wildflowers you should plant in your garden.
- Do some Earth-friendly arts & crafts
- The Natural Child Magazine explains, “Pine cone bird feeders are easy even for young children. (cover cones with shortening or peanut butter mixed with an equal amount of oatmeal or cornmeal, roll in birdseed, hang on a tree branch.) Or make collages with paper from the recycling bin or fabric scraps. Or plant some herb or grass seeds in potting soil in a half eggshell, and sit in egg cups or a base made from rolled and decorated card stock. Or make a birdhouse out of a milk carton.”
- Plan activities that require no electricity
- Babble.com proposes finding activities that you can do with your kids that don’t need electricity, like “Play-Doh, building a fort, reading, napping, going for a walk … challenge yourself to keep the television off all day and walk wherever you need to go!”
- Build a terrarium
- Teaching Tiny Tots offers up some science for kids as young as toddlers: “Create a terrarium with a plastic soda bottle. A fun Green Project for kids. Planting is a great kids science activity that introduces many concepts naturally. Using a soda bottle, make this easy terrarium. Great as a classroom activity too.” Check out the link to build one yourself!
Wondering why it’s important to celebrate a holiday about environmental protection? EarthDay.org explains, “Earth Day…reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.
Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters—struggles and victories—into the Earth Day book.”
Visit their website to find out more ways you can take action!
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