Tips to love mother earth for Earth Day! Not only do they enable us to take care of the planet
they are also motivating for young peeps to get up, get out… and live.
Earth Day is intended for raising awareness about environmental protection, and it’s now celebrated in over 193 countries! Celebrated on April 22nd, 2022. However, Earth Day is everyday! We are a family that love to pick up trash on the sides of the roads, recycle and compost.
Earth Day 2022 Theme
The Earth Day 2022 theme is ‘Invest In Our Planet‘.
The Canopy Project – Plants 1 tree for each $1 donated.
Food and Environment – Educate on making our farms more sustainable.
Climate Literacy – Educate students on what it means to be sustainable and the current environmental crisis we face.
The Global Earth Challenge – A global “citizen-science” campaign to collect environmental data through an app.
The Great Global Clean Up – Unite to clean up the earth, one piece of trash at a time.
According to earthday.org,
Earth Day began in 1970 and marks the beginning of the environmental movement.
Founder and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson watched the impact of a massive 1969 oil spill on the environment in California. Generally concerned, he was inspired by the anti-war movement to harness people’s passion about the environment too.
Before I was the Gut Goddess I was known as the Eco Warrior. Quiet by accident. We started a local Steiner inspired play circle when our son, Thierry was a toddler. Healthy Planet Play circle came together, twice per week with a small group of 5- 8 families. A website was created – ecostudio.com.au by my late husband – mainly to keep the families up to date with activities. Soon it grew with eco companies finding us – we changed it to ecobites.com and it went global and like a seed that was planted had amazing growth. I was interviewed with eco weddings and eco parenting and sustainable food. With my late husband becoming ill, we passed my baby Ecobites.com on. Sadly it disappeared and all my backup files were lost in our floods.
Ecobites.com; Saving the Earth, One Person at a Time
APRIL 10, 2008
Green living is something that a lot of people talk about doing, but only a small percentage of them actually end up implementing any of their world changing speech. However, thanks to the power of the Internet and a Web site by the name of Ecobites.com a virtual community of eco-conscious activists are impacting change in the real world, one person at a time.
From reducing their carbon footprint to growing and preserving (fermentation) organic foods, Ecobites.com has step-by-step articles, which help to aide visitors wanting to learn more about living an eco-friendly lifestyle. However, it’s perhaps the community forum that provides the most value to new users of Ecobites.com.
“Over the past few months, the community forum on Ecobites.com has really started to take off,” said Lynette Stein, founder of Ecobites. “We have some of the brightest and most determined people I’ve ever met on the forum. There are a few users that post daily organic/vegetarian/vegan recipes, while others post ways to reduce your carbon footprint. There’s even a section for eco-friendly weddings & parenting. There’s really something for everyone.”
Instilling love of Mother Earth in children at such a young age is a great way of building up responsible adults.
It’s like taking care of a pet.
Children should learn to care for our nature and environment so we live in harmony with other living things on this earth.
Give Back to the Environment
In the spirit of giving, think of how to give back to the environment.
What can you do to help protect and preserve the land, air, and water in your community and beyond?
Earth Day Ideas for Kids
Virtues, skills, and life itself are learned in the garden
Earth day is so much fun! I really love spending time outside with the kids and teaching them how to grow a garden.
Get down & dirty
Plant perennial flowers, herbs & veggies
Planting seeds and seedlings is always a fun activity, but you can also plant flower bulbs so that they come up year after year too.
Continually adding beautiful flowers to your home will be something you can all look forward to year-after-year as they bloom.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. — Gertrude Jekyll (2011) ‘Wood and Garden: Notes and Thoughts, Practical and Critical, of a Working Amateur’ Cambridge University Press
Take kids on a little field trip to clean up an area of the planet that could use a little help.
Grab some plastic gloves, a garbage bag and find an area (beach / park / nature reserve) that could use a little litter clean-up.
If you have older children you can adopt a section of a highway, which are often the areas that are most in need.
Make a bag for plastic, one for paper and one for actual trash so you can make the most out of the clean-up and recycle too.
Declutter & Donate
Improve Air Quality
Adding trees and bushes to your environment helps to promote air quality. Children love to be outdoors and getting their hands dirty. Organize a tree-planting excursion and use the opportunity to teach them all about the importance of trees and taking care of the Earth.
Improve indoor air quality by adding some greenery around your home, including the bedroom
Certain houseplants can incorporate airborne toxicants into plant tissues.
Outside, plant a native tree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eradicate air pollutants, and provide shade, which helps lower surface and air temperatures.
Landscaping choices, when done right, can help restore water quality and protect aquatic ecosystems.
Here are suggestions to add green to purify your space.
Spider plants are great for your bedroom,
They purify the air you breathe Filters: Benzene Xylene.
Peace Lilly Filters: Benzene Xylene, Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene.
Boston Fern Filters: Xylene and Toluene Formaldehyde
Bamboo Palm Filters: Benzene Xylene and Toluene
Areca Palm Filters: Benzene Xylene, Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene.
Weeping Fig Filters: Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene.
Ditch single-use plastics
By now we’re all aware of the damage plastic causes to the planet. While transitioning from plastic-use isn’t always easy, Earth Day provides a good challenge – to refrain from any plastic use.
Make usable things from junk
Craft a handy tool kit
Unplugging electronics for the day!
Most appliances and devices are still using energy whether they are flipped on or not. Unplugging the power strips, the phone cords or even some of your appliances you aren’t using will help to conserve energy.
That’s good for the environment and you.
Read for Earth Day
While the kids might be used to playing video games or glued to their iPad, Earth Day provides a good opportunity for them to let their imaginations run wild in their favourite book.
Earth Bite…you could even go shopping for books at a local second-hand book store.
This one is so simple but just turning off the lights in the hallway or when you leave a room can have a big impact.
While brushing your teeth or even washing the dishes, make sure to turn off the water in between.
Less is best
I know the benefits of taking a long, hot shower but there’s long-term benefits for the planet when you limit your shower or don’t fill the kids’ bath tub as high.
Get the pedal legs going! Make the pledge with your family to go without using the car for one day a month or one day a week.
Every little bit helps.
Feed the animals
Make a bird feeder. Just keep in mind the proper food for animals. For instance, bread and ducks shouldn’t go together.
Find local battery + phone recycling
Camera equipment and electronics have batteries. Once dead don’t toss them away. If you throw them in the trash the chemicals inside will seep into the ground as they begin to rot in landfills. The chemicals can get into the soil and the water, which becomes dangerous for us.
Recycling old phones helps to prevent air and water pollution that occurs during manufacturing. The materials, including the plastic components, can also be used to make jewellery, other electronics and in automotive manufacturing.
Recycle set up
Almost all packaging for food can be recycled. Make a trash can inside your house for the recycled materials so you can easily put bulky bottles and broken-down boxes in there versus the trash.
If you use this system you will be more likely to recycle the goods and products you use.
Use or make your own non-toxic cleaners & beauty care
Nowadays there are many non-toxic cleaners on the market for you to pick from, or you can also make your own.
Non-toxic cleaners are not only better for the environment, but they are better for your family.
Eat sustainable food
Eating local organic, sustainable food is a choice a lot of people are making now, but it’s one small way that you and your family can help the planet every day.
Since our resources are not unlimited, making sure your food is sustainable is a wise choice not only for the planet, but for everyone.
Buy clothing made from sustainable, natural materials or go on an adventure and discover the thrill of thrifting
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” should be the slogan for every thrift store in the world. Thrift stores are magical places where you can be thrown back a couple of decades and find something that you have wanted for a long time.
Some peeps think thrift shopping is nothing but places to find junk. Others see them as veritable treasure troves full of goodies that you can’t possible buy at shopping mall stores.
I donate back clothing and shoes, so my closet stays at a manageable level.
Replace regular lightbulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lights
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs use about 70 percent less energy than regular light bulbs and are also said to last longer.
There are all kinds of worthwhile Earth Day volunteering opportunities.
It’s so important to remember, that responsibility is a day-to-day thing, not just something you talk about once a year.
How do you give back for Earth Day?
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