In a perfect world, Earth Day would be celebrated every day and we would all be conscious of our actions and how they impact our world. We all know this is far from reality which is why Earth Day is so important. It’s a reminder to all of us that we need to change our habits for the benefit of our environment. Earth Day is a day to reflect on our planet, learn how to protect it and think about what we can do to make a difference.
In our home, we use Earth Day as an excuse to splurge at our local nursery. We feel it’s important to show our kids the spirit of Earth Day by involving them in gardening experiences – from picking a plant to digging a hole and eventually harvesting food. When kids learn how to care for a plant, it gives them a sense of responsibility and respect for what the earth can provide. Not only does gardening teach our kids a valuable lesson but it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, prevents erosion, houses local wildlife, and becomes a beautiful addition to our backyard.
Because of the irreversible damage that we have already caused, our children are forced to be more environmentally responsible than we ever were. Therefore, it is crucial that we instill these values in our children at a young age. As parents, we must model good behaviors and rediscover the wonders of nature in order to encourage our kids to do the same. It is our responsibility to provide activities that allow children to learn about their environment and Earth Day is a great opportunity to start. There are many things you can do as a family to celebrate Earth Day…
- Plant a tree
- Read a book about the environment: Who Will Plant a Tree?, The Earth and I, Step Gently Out
- Repurpose materials around the house for nature crafts – bird house, terrarium
- Pick up trash in your community – Beach Clean up
- Attend an Earth Day Fair
- Ride your Bike
- Go for a hike and learn about your native wildlife & plants
- Plan an all organic meal
- Visit your local farm
- Adopt an endangered species
This year, we took on a much bigger project and decided to build a raised garden bed. Click here for a brief outline of why and how we built our garden.
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