April 22 every year is observed as Earth Day in many countries to inspire awareness and activism towards protecting our fast depleting planet. On a more personal level, you might choose to celebrate because:
- you’ve never heard about going green or how to go green
- you’ve always wanted to be green, but haven’t started yet
- you need a reminder to keep up the green living
- you always make green choices but your little one has never stopped to question why
- you are so happy you live green and want to pat yourself on the back
And how do I celebrate?
Here are five fun ways to fuss over our planet today. Our Earth is worth it!
CREATE A RECYCLED ART: Re-use or repurpose stuff you already have (or you are about to throw away) to make art work. Old shoe and cereal boxes, brown paper bags, cardboard boxes, empty glass bottles, plastic and tin cans, are all great things you can find around the house to help you create masterpieces.
GET OUTDOORS AND GARDEN: Plant a pot or sow a seed in your backyard. Make it a family tradition. Or adopt a plant for your desk or workspace. Many organizations give away free saplings. If not at home, plant a tree in a field or a park in your neighborhood.
READ A BOOK: Books make talking to kids easy, talk to them about the environment and caring for it. There are many books that can inspire kids and make them aware of ecological issues.
Here are some suggestions:
Compost Stew – An A-Z recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
MAKE A GOAL: Think about what you can change. Make a commitment to start something new. Even simple habits like shorter showers and turning off the lights or a running faucet can help towards responsible use of our natural resources. Remember to make every day Earth Day.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE: Try to build a sense of community for a common goal towards a cleaner, healthier environment in your immediate neighborhood. A community garden is a great idea to start or to volunteer for, even as a family. Go to a rally or a festival that honors a cause you are passionate about. Clean a street, a nearby park or a dirty pond. Or just take your kids on a nature hike.
In our home, we recycle and compost. We grow a few things in our yard. We carry reusable bags and our own water. My daughter walks to school and my husband rides the train to work. And we are inching towards a plastic-free kitchen. But we still have a long way to go. Like many of us, we are learning, trying and evolving to share and care better for our habitat, so our children and their children, and theirs, can have a better home to live and grow. And our species can continue to thrive in the only planet that breathes life.