Today, April 22, 2020, is Earth Day!
This isn’t just any regular Earth Day, either! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day EVER!
(Psst… for those of us who are having trouble due to the “quarantine brain syndrome,” the first Earth Day was in 1970)
So… What is Earth Day, exactly?
We’ll get into that, but first here are some quick facts:
Date/Origination: April 22, every year, since 1970.
Reasoning: To promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.
Countries Involved: Over 175 countries in the world celebrate Earth Day.
Records being Broken: It is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.
History is Cemented: Let’s explore that a little further (after this amazing scenic picture)
Prior to the first Earth Day, the Industrial Revolution had been progressing for decades. Air pollution was prevalent, yet no one seemed to know or care. That mindset changed with Rachel Carson’s bestselling book Silent Spring in 1962, which she used to raise awareness of the links between pollution and public health. With this knowledge, nearly 8 years after the book’s publication, Senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first ever National Earth Day. His mission was to sound the same alarms that Rachel Carson had sounded nearly a decade before; of the harm industry had done to our environment.
“How do we get involved? Take action? Show appreciation and recognition for this day? How can we help our children?”
Breathe… We have you covered. Below are ways to help your children, neighbors, and yourselves get involved.
Watch a Documentary/Movie with your Kids
There are many different movies and documentaries that show the devastation modern man has wreaked upon the earth. A few suggestions that are kid (and adult) friendly are:
– The Great Global Clean-Up – Zac Efron and Zach King team up with a slew of celebrities to highlight “individuals and organizations that have made it their mission to help clean up our planet.” – Premieres April 22, 9pm ET on Discovery Channel
– Climate Change: The Facts – Sir David Attenborough (always extraordinary) hosts this documentary that shows the facts about climate change, the solutions that could save the Earth, and interviews with experts. – Premiers April 22, 8pm on PBS
Additional films can be found over at Buzzfeed, who always amaze!
Teach Your Children the Value of “Going Green”
So many useful, everyday tasks can help conserve energy and reduce waste.
– Turn the lights off when you leave a room. You can encourage the little ones by making a game of it and keeping score.
– Utilize your recyclables in crafting projects.
– Re-use clothing. You can either donate or upcycle them to create props and toys, like doll dresses and sock puppets.
– Grow your own herbs! Bonus: use recyclable pots, like containers, to hold the soil.
Use how “bored” your children are to get them involved
This day, Earth Day goes digital. So many ways to help, so little room. A few of my favorite are:
– Utilize Scavenger Hunts to get the little ones outdoors and learning about nature. Make sure you take initiative and to pick up discarded waste. A set from Primary Playground can be found in the images below.
– Be sure you download the Earth Challenge App and use it to gather air quality and pollution in your community.
Create Eco-Art (in any expression)
With so many artistic avenues available to pursue, if you have a hobby, a passion, or a drive, you can create.
– If you are in need of some inspiration, the Artist Gallery has some sights to behold!
– The Global Stealth Street Art Campaign is a showcase of graffiti writers, street artists, and muralists from every continent who use the power of art to inspire action and thoughts for our plant.
There’s a lot you can do to help, right!?
Yes, I know what you’re saying, too. “Jessica, Earth Day is almost over.”
My response: It’s never over. We can improve this world everyday. Our children deserve it, don’t you think?
Additional Resources can be found at the following links:
- Kids Konnect Worksheets for all kinds of occasions, including Earth Day, COVID-19, and World Book Month.
- All information for Earth Day 2020!
- Earth Day Tips for EVERY DAY of the year!
- Take Action: Defend Clean Vehicle Regulations; and more…
- Think you know all there is to know about our Earth, from species, resources, and threats? Test your knowledge in this series of quizzes. Be sure to let us know where you land!
- You can access multiple tooklits to help in the fight against the worlds most pressing issues; including the 2020 Teach-In Toolkit.
- 24 hours of action – Yes we may be starting late but better late than never!
- Social Media Kit for spreading awareness.
I would like to thank you all for taking the opportunity to read this post. I hope at least some of us learned something (I know I did) or benefited from some of this knowledge. I, for one, am also very excited about trying some of the new activities with my son!
Don’t let those precious moments pass you by. Document the adventures you have with your kids (they’ll only be this age once)!
Give the Legacy of Love App a try. You won’t regret it.
You will then have a treasured scrapbook to pass on from generation to generation. It’s FREE, so what’s holding you back!?