1. Have a party!
Earth Day is definitely cause for a celebration. Besides, who doesn’t love a party? Serve eco-themed cupcakes, put out some green toys or environmentally-themed books like The Lorax, and chat with friends and family about ways everyone can make greener choices or discuss recent environmental news. If you aren’t averse to a multimedia show, coordinate a viewing with some other families of one of the Planet Earth movies, and prepare to be amazed. We aren’t huge proponents of technology, but these documentaries are so impressive and educational (and demonstrate the amazing array of animals and plants on this planet) that we are willing to make an exception!
2. Make an Earth Day commitment list.
Get together as a family and make a list of goals that you all want to accomplish that relate to the environment. Kids can be in charge of decorating the list and then choosing where to place it for all to see. The refrigerator or family room or anywhere your family ends up congregating is a good option. Check in every few weeks or months to see if you have been able to keep up the changes. Another fun idea – make an Earth Day time capsule. Place important environmental news stories or goals in the capsule as well as art, such as the eco-friendly car of your child’s dreams (or maybe even your dream!). Don’t forget to pull the capsule up next year to check on your progress.
3. Do an eco-friendly art project.
Even if April’s showers ruin a plan for outdoor Earth Day events, you and your family still have plenty of opportunities to create inspired art projects. From basic crafts like making collages with paper from the recycling bin or fabric scraps to more elaborate projects such as making your own pop-up book. Use eco-friendly art supplies, and the Earth Day message will shine even brighter! A few of our favorite past ideas:
4. Celebrate with a meatless meal.
The production of meat requires a lot of water and land use, not to mention all of the greenhouse gases it produces. Do Mother Earth (and your family) a favor and serve a delicious veggie meal, and consider making it a more often occurrence (such as Meatless Monday). With older kids, you can even bring up other environmental food issues such as the organic versus local debate and talk about how shopping at the farmer’s market and other local stores effects the local and global economy.
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