Happy Earth Month! Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd all around the globe and somewhere along the lines, the celebration expanded to the entire month of April. There are few issues as important as protecting the planet we live on, so it’s a good thing the event has grown! This year, get everyone involved using our Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Earth Month as a Family. As Thomas Berry said, “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”
Not sure where to start? It’s as simple as sitting down for a family meeting and discussing what you’d like to do. With easy actions, kids of all ages can participate.
Here’s an educational video to help your little ones understand why you’re celebrating Earth Month.
How about checking some books out from the library to help inspire your little ones? There are great options for every age.
Click through to see all of the recommendations.
Here’s an infographic with easy steps kids can take. Print it and put it on the fridge for a daily reminder of what you can do.
Here’s a quick list of 30 small steps you can take to save the planet:
- Plant a tree.
- Make seed bombs and distribute them throughout the neighborhood.
- Install a rain barrel to conserve water for outdoor plants.
- Start composting food waste.
- Eat vegetarian meals more often.
- Pass on bottled water, get your own refillable bottle and fill it from the tap.
- Buy items like yogurt in bulk containers, not single servings.
- Think before you throw. Find ways to reuse, repair and salvage items.
- Shop at the local farmers’ market and buy local foods as much as possible.
- Shop at second-hand stores rather than buying everything new.
- Pack lunches in reusable containers (avoid plastic wraps and baggies).
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. They use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer.
- Turn the thermostat down at night and when you leave the house.
- Commute by foot, bus or bike.
- When waiting for the shower to warm up, catch the water in a bucket. Use this for cleaning and watering houseplants.
- Shut the water off while brushing your teeth.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install a low-flow showerhead.
- Only run the dishwasher or washing machine when they’re full.
- Reduce the setting on your water heater to 120°
- Fill a plastic bottle with water and place it in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
- Reuse your plastic bags and remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
- Wash clothes using cold water when possible.
- Only wash clothes when they’re dirty.
- Hang clothes outside to dry.
- Volunteer to pick up trash at a local park.
- Unplug electronic devices when they aren’t in use.
- Watch and discuss a movie with an environmental message, such as: The Lorax, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, or Happy Feet.
Here are oodles of other ideas for celebrating Earth Day every day – experiments, crafts, games, and more!
Earth Month is a great opportunity to connect your kids with nature and to help them form good eco-habits that will last a lifetime.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
How is your family celebrating Earth Month? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us in the comments.