On Earth Day, April 22nd, we celebrate our celestial home, planet Earth. It is a day to give thanks for the world around us and to take action to protect the natural resources we depend upon.
This year, I encourage you to spend Earth Day doing one of these fun activities designed to bring awareness of the ways we can all work to better our earthly home, reduce our carbon footprints, and build lasting memories at the same time.
1. Go Plogging! It’s the new fitness craze: Picking up trash while jogging. Go for a jog, walk, or a bike ride through your neighborhood armed with rubber or gardening gloves and trash bags. Invite family or friends and have a contest to see who can collect the most trash.
2. Have an energy-saving scavenger hunt. Send your kids throughout your home to list all the ways they can find to save energy. You can hide treats at key points, such as that drippy outdoor faucet, the light switch everyone forgets to turn off, or the appliances that can be unplugged when not in use.
3. Make recycling fun. If you are not already recycling, now is the time to start. Looking to teach your kids? Hold a recycling workshop with your kids but make it fun with a game show or contest theme. If you are already recycling, step up your game to reduce your use of recyclable materials. Kids love a challenge, so offer a prize to whoever comes up with the best plan for reducing single-use plastics. Check out recyclecoach.com for more ideas.
4. Plant a vegetable garden. Whether you plant in pots on the back porch or build raised beds, any amount of growing is good. Find your local gardening experts or check out a local nursery for resources about what to plant and how.
5. Compost your food scraps. That garden will need fertilizing, so go ahead and start composting. Composting is easy and it makes a great science project. Watch as things like vegetable peelings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and paper scraps turn into black, nutrient-rich soil. There are many tutorials online to help you get started.
6. Find an event near you. Go to earthday.org to find an event you and your family can participate in and help bring awareness to your community.
7. Stay home and watch a movie! There are so many great documentaries about our planet Earth and ways in which we can all have a positive impact with our mindful actions.