Making Earth Day a Family Day

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22. Founded in 1970, Earth Day is a time to promote environmental awareness around the world.

EarthWe’re getting a jump start on our Earth celebration today and heading over to Jody’s work (Google) for lunch; then they are busing employees and their families to some local ponds to plant cottonwood seedlings and listen to educational information about the ponds. I love the idea of getting the kids excited about and involved in celebrating Earth Day while they are still young.

What about you? What are your plans for celebrating Mother Earth? Why not get the whole family involved this year? Here are some ideas to get you started. Choose one or two for Earth Day, then select another couple more to work on in the coming year:

  • Plan a meal made only of local foods or make a meat-free meal – Use this as an opportunity to talk with your kids about where your food comes from and/or why eating a meatless meal is better for the Earth
  • Plant a tree, a bush, a garden or even some herbs or flowers in a pot
  • Spend some time outside – on a hike, a walk, at the park – enjoying each other’s company, appreciating nature, and picking up any garbage you see
  • Designate an “Earth Hour” every week where you turn off your lights in the evening for one hour to save electricity
  • Encourage your kids to round up some of their toys or clothing they’ve outgrown and donate them to a local charity
  • Visit a local charity or thrift store to see how items you no longer use can benefit others
  • Visit a local recycling center to see where all of the bottles, cans, newspapers, etc. go
  • Print out an Earth Day coloring/activities book for your children and work on it together
  • Take a trip to the library and check out some books related to nature – endangered species, water, plants and flowers, etc. – or books specifically about Earth Day
  • Talk with your kids about water consumption and how turning off the water while brushing teeth helps conserve it. Encourage all family members to take shorter showers or consider filling up baths with a little less water.
  • Change your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs to conserve energy and encourage the kids to turn off lights/TV when they aren’t in use

This is the only Earth we’ve got, let’s give her a li’l love. For more information about Earth Day, visit Earth Day 2008.

Be sure to check back here tomorrow on Earth Day for my big Earth-Mother’s Day giveaway!

19 thoughts on “Making Earth Day a Family Day”

  1. Thanks for the great blog! I read it every day. I have already planned several of the things that you mentioned. Will be planting a tree in the back yard and 25 trees in The Atlantic Forest for the Plant A Billions Trees Campaign.

    I’m also going through closets and storage rooms and posting items on FreeCycle.

  2. I just posted yesterday about recycling water. Now that warm weather is here, we’ll be going back to doing that hard core. Simple steps make a big difference!

    Weather permitting, we’ll be taking bags along on our daily walk by the water to pick up trash. And this year, my H has vowed to use natural weed control. The Inner Harbor is 2 blocks from our house. It doesn’t feel right to put more crap into it.

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