Earth Day 2012
Posted April 20, 2012on:
Earth Day is officially Sunday, April 22, 2012
What have you done to send the message to your children that you care about the world you live in? How have you provided a model of thoughtful and consistent awareness of your yearly Earth Day promise to keep air and water clean and safe – to keep our land litter free – to keep waste to a minimum?
One day a year has been set apart to internationally highlight the need to globally think about the earth we live on and the way that each one of us can contribute to a healthy, sustainable world.
Be a teaching model for your children. Teach them to take care of the earth.
Investigate your city or community’s efforts and campaigns for Earth Day awareness. Be part of visible advocacy with your family. This is critical to good citizenship which is learned very early in life.
Reduce. Use reusable lunch boxes instead of bags. Wash silverware and dishes instead of using disposable ones. Carry totes and canvas bags with you for groceries. Follow the many instructions and programs available to reduce energy use in your home. Drink tap water. Eat left overs. Walk.
Reuse. Almost every container, box or storage unit in your home can be used in so many more ways than it is advertised. Be creative! Help children find new ways to use old or what seems like worn out items around the house. When you finish the orange juice, make lemonade in the same container. Did you know there are “99 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags”? I didn’t either, but if you google “reuse anything,” you will find all kinds of good ideas! Donate outgrown clothes. Volunteer.
Recycle. Very young children can learn to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and metal. Set up clear stations in your garage or hallway to sort and recycle household garbage. Be sure that glass and metal is only handled by older children under adult supervision. Create a compost pile – you can find easy, clear instructions at http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/rrr/composting/by_compost.htm
Garden. There is nothing better than planting a seed in dirt, tending it, watching it grow and then enjoying delicious vegetables right off the vine! All children benefit from conscious efforts in gardening. This is a very easy and inexpensive way to begin a life-long respect for growing cycles. Children love to show off their plants, whether it is a small pot of beans or a large plot of backyard tomatoes. And homegrown is always better!
Keep it going. This year Earth Day is officially Sunday, April 22, 2012. Don’t stop efforts here. Help older children investigate interesting facts about our planet and fun information about the air, land and sea. There are many books to look at and read that help educate children about life on earth – from the smallest insect to the tallest redwood.
More than 20,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day.
That’s 133 square miles of tinfoil.
All that foil is recyclable.
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director