Who would have guessed that the Earth has it’s own day? Apparently, this event has been going on for a long time and I was just not aware. It’s kind of embarrassing to tell the truth. I’ve been around a long time and I didn’t know anything about this.
In fact, as you can see, my own daughter has a shirt that sort of rips on the idea that the Earth–you know the big, huge, all-the-people-in-the-world, EARTH only gets one day–when it appears it would like more — all 365 in fact.
So, I did a tiny bit of research, and found that this has been going on since the 70’s—I remember them–and has evolved to the point that the more earth-conscious folks actually, you know…like…DO stuff.
At first, I figured that it was just one more rigged plot to make me feel guilty–but I was wrong. The more I read, the more I learned about how easy it can be to do things a bit better–and really help a lot. It made me feel a bit super heroish. Just doing my part to save the universe.
So first, we should all take the Green QUIZ to see how green we are really living. Don’t be afraid. It is fun. You might be surprised at how well you’re doing. If you need some new tips that’s ok too.
Then, I read about this cute idea for making a compost bin. As long as it doesn’t stink up the place or attract rats or bears or anything–I’m game. It looks pretty cute and my dad used to swear by compost for his garden.
Next, I stumbled onto an adorable paper mache globe that is easy enough to make during nap time. I love globes–they remind me of that little baby that had memorized the map. So cool. Anyway, this globe would be a fun activity for the day. But if you really want to get earthy –try these Nature Crafts with your kids. There are tons of them.
If you need a Mall adventure here’s one. Take 3 plastic bottles to a Disney Store near you and they will give you a free reusable tote bag , or reusable water bottle.
Earth Day Tips:
Plant some flowers or even a tree.
Step up your recycling efforts by calling the city and ordering a recycle bin.
Find alternatives to bringing your groceries home in plastic bags.
Drink from a reusable water bottle.
Reuse the bags that you have to give them a new purpose–forgive the shameless plug.
Pick up and throw away litter in your neighborhood.
Walk somewhere instead of driving.
Send an Earth-Day greeting to a friend.
Turn off the lights.
Open the windows for a nice cool breeze.
Smile at someone you don’t know.
Buy the organic version of a product you love.
Finally–as a nice bedtime story—watch Wall-E.
I know this post is a link-fest, but there was just so much good stuff–I couldn’t help myself. I hope you’ll click on them.
Even more cool Earth Day Stuff!
Let me know what you’re doing to celebrate our planet.