Earth Day has become a global environmental movement that aims to build a healthy and sustainable environment all over the world. It’s celebrated all over the world on 22 April and is the perfect opportunity to discuss how you can support the cause and do your piece for the environment as a family.
Saving water and energy starts at home
Are you doing enough to save water and energy as a family? Earth Day offers a great opportunity to take a look at your home and take simple steps such as switching to LEDs or installing draft excluders. Both can make a great difference to your electricity or heating bill and help decrease power plant emissions, which are created by burning non-renewable energy sources like coal, crude oil or other fossil fuels. Using an energy comparison site and seeing that you could save even more money which you could use for fun family activities instead, might be a great incentive for even the biggest energy waster in your household.
Make wise decisions when shopping
This starts with buying energy-efficient appliances and continues with small things like bringing your own shopping bags when doing your weekly shop. Let your kids decorate their own shopping bags with fabric paints and markers to celebrate Earth Day and you’ll never ever have to get another plastic bag for your groceries. Taking a stroll down to the local market will also help wasting energy and packaging waste as you won’t have to rely on your car and can buy fresh produce without the excessive packaging you often find in supermarkets.
Recycling and Mother Nature’s magical skills
Earth Day is a great occasion to teach your children about recycling if you haven’t already. Look at the different materials you have in your home, how they could be re-used and how they are recycled. A great project that all the family can get involved in is making your very own compost heap at the bottom of your garden. It’s super easy to set up and shows the kids that Mother Nature has some truly amazing skills.
Ditch the car
Introduce a car-free day once a week or more, if possible, and use your bicycles and feet to get around. You don’t always have to go far to have fun. Explore your backyard, metaphorically speaking, and see what your local area has to offer. Spend the day building dens in the woods, let the kids run wild in your local park or get your wellies on and splash about in some muddy puddles or a little stream.
Do some nature crafts
We love going on nature walks or strolls along the beach and if you’re into arts and crafts, this is the perfect opportunity to collect some fab materials for your next nature craft project. Nature crafts are a fab conversation starter about Earth Day but super fun all year round. If you need some inspiration for child-friendly nature crafts, check out these nature craft projects for kids. There are fab ideas for all age-groups, so get outside and get creative.
Donate or volunteer
Giving to charity is a fantastic way to support initiatives that are fighting for environmental causes, but even if money is tight or you are unsure whether the money really goes where you want it to go, you can still get involved. Simply donate your time to a local cause or if you can’t commit to regularly charity work, pick a day of the week or month that you dedicate to doing something for the environment. This could be litter picking in your local park or down the local beach, helping with planting projects in your community or one-off projects by local conservation charities.
Bring nature into your back-garden
With Earth Day being in spring, it’s the perfect time of the year to give your back-garden some TLC and bring wildlife and nature into your home – well, almost your home. Plant some native species as well as some herbs and flowers and your kids will not only learn about the different seasons and looking after seedlings but also about the wildlife that certain plants attract. I’ve written blog posts about welcoming insects into your garden and some top tips for gardening with children, so make sure to check those out, if this is something you’d like to do. We didn’t have a garden when I grew up but I have the fondest memories of digging up potatoes with my granddad and ‘making my Nan’s flowers look pretty’, although she might disagree on the pretty part.
Are you planning on getting involved with Earth Day this year? What do you do as a family to look after our planet?
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