Celebrate Earth Day
Everyday acts of stewardship
Plant the idea of environmental stewardship in your children all year – not only on Earth Day – by making little changes in your daily life.
Your family, home, community, environment, and the earth.
What you’ll need
A willingness to make small changes in your everyday life
Computer with Internet access
Art materials (optional)
Our daily routines take a toll on the planet. It can be fascinating to show children how even their smallest activities add up to a significant impact.
- Look at the easy Zero Footprint Youth Calculator. You’ll see how your lifestyle choices determine your carbon footprint and how small changes can lessen it.
- Now look at 50 ways to help the planet. Read the list together and decide which change(s) your family will implement.
- Register your pledge at the Earth Day website.
- If desired, use art materials to create fun, colorful reminders — pictures, signs — to help family members keep up your new habits.
- What good things are we already doing in our day to help the earth?
- What simple changes can our family make to take even better care of our planet?
- Why is it important to be good about: recycling? composting? turning off the lights? taking shorter showers? turning off the water while brushing our teeth?
- Why is it sometimes hard to make even small changes like these?
- Natural Resources Defense Council provides a great list of kid-friendly environmental websites. Guide your children to sites that fit their interests and ages.
- The Story of Stuff is an ingenious 20-minute film about where things come from and where they end up, and the social and environmental implications.
- Loop Scoops are PBS-created videos that get us to consider the stuff in our lives.
- 365 Ways to Live Green for Kids: Saving the Environment at Home, School, or at Play–Every Day! by Sheri Amsel (Adams Media, 2009). Ages 9 and up. Simple ideas for how kids can protect the earth.
Take it further
- Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by attending (or organizing) a community festival, planting trees, picking up litter, organizing a letter-writing or fundraising walk for environmental causes, or doing some activity that helps make a difference for our planet.
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