Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 and it is now an important day in our calendar when we reflect on our planet and what we can do to keep it healthy. Children around the world celebrate Earth Day and it is now recognized by over 192 countries. In the United States, many notable things would not exist if not for Earth Day. Things such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act exist in the U. S. today because of Earth Day.
In the last 50 years, we've consumed more natural resources than in all previous history combined, according to Eco Cycle (http://ecocycle.org/ecofacts). We need to reverse the trend. We can change things with earth friendly habits. We just need to be aware of opportunities to "do good for Mother Earth" to pass on a healthy earth to generations to come.
There are many things that we can do to celebrate Earth Day. Many small gestures can make a big difference.
Make a game out of each idea below and the children will enjoy participating while learning wonderful, earth friendly values.
Remember to "recycle, reuse, repurpose":
Recycle old toys to others instead of throwing them away
Donate used clothing to someone in need or sponsor a clothing swap
Plant an organic home garden that the whole family can enjoy and give the extra produce to others to enjoy
Plant a tree or some colorful flowers for bees and hummingbirds (be sure to plant species suited to your area)
Organize a community, park or beach cleanup party
Recycle old books and magazines for others to enjoy
Start a compost bin for foods scraps and a recycle bin for used items that can be recycled.
Turn off the lights and water when they are not needed
Turn the heating or cooling system to a energy efficient temperature
These are but a few of the things that we can do for the planet. There are many others.
And last, celebrate Earth Day by taking a walk outside in the fresh air and looking with new appreciation at the wonderful world that we have. Let's make every day an Earth Day!