Earth Day is a Day for the Earth. A day to be reminded that we need to help take care of our planet. Earth Day is supposed to be a day when every person promises to do something to help take care of our world.
People around the earth celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, but Earth Day should be EVERY DAY!!
Here are a few tips and some helpful information:
- Video: Earth Day Song about GOING GREEN and the 3 Rs
- Video: 3 R’s
- Video: It is also important to work towards being more GREEN! Watch this “Green Cities” video:
- Video: How garbage hurts animals
- Video: Shows How Street Litter Hurts Our Creeks (from Philadelphia, but is helpful information for all).
- VIDEO: Every LITTER bit HURTS
- VIDEO: Rise above plastics – Click here to find ten easy things you can do to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment
The ocean is turning into a plastic soup. Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue.
- VIDEO: Bill Nye The Science Guy – Pollution Solutions (Full Episode)
- Video: How To Repurpose Items For Your Kitchen
- Video: Homemade Garden Drip Irrigation with Rainwater – would work with milk jugs, too. You could also bury all but the top of the milk jug which would direct all of the water directly to the plant ROOTS vs. to the top of the soil where it could evaporate faster.
- VIDEO: Earth Day Song It’s Time To Plant A Tree Or Two Songs for Children
- VIDEO: Plant a Tree for Your Tomorrow – John Denver
- Composting: Click here for some more great information and a video.
- Other ways to help the EARTH:
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS – This year I want to try something NEW:
I plan to Recycle _____________.
I plan to Reuse _______________.
I plan to Reduce ______________________.
I plan to Repurpose ___________________________.
- Some other GROUP ideas or activities:
- FreeCycle/Swap Meet…Students and families bring gently used items to school to swap: kids sports equipment, toys, books, games, and clothes. Arrange to have leftovers donated to a local organization.
- Recycled Paper… Make handmade paper from paper recycled in the classroom. Or, make recycled paper greeting cards ahead of time to sell at your Earth Day Fair to raise money for a school garden or tree. Contact your local recycling agency and inquire if they have staff who can teach a paper-making workshop. See: http://www.make-stuff.com/recycling/paper.html For a paper-making video, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9R-z26ZSOk
- Solar ovens…They’re simple to make out of cardboard and tinfoil. For instructions on building a solar oven and making baked apples and other desserts in them, see: www.solarcooking.org and www.solarcooking.org/recipes/desserts.html
- Worm compost bin…Compost school lunch waste for use in a school garden – http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Worm-Compost-System
- Tin can collection drive Collect tin cans and cash them in to buy something “earth friendly” – like a TREE. Plant and enjoy!
- Organic vs. conventional food taste test…Compare the flavors of strawberries or another fruit and provide information about organic food and farming.
- Walk- or Bike-to-School Day… This is a favorite of kids and adults. Go to: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/ for tips on how to organize and keep it safe.
- Waste-free lunch day…Provide information about school lunch waste, and demonstrate how to
pack a waste-free lunch – www.wastefreelunches.org
- Earth Day Story: What can I do? A little boy walked dejectedly down the cracked sidewalk. His backpack was heavy and his feet were slow. He stayed to his path, pausing every now and then only to pick out a new can or wad of paper to kick as he went along his way. His heart felt as heavy as his backpack as he opened the door to his house and went inside.His mother was in the kitchen, taking brownies out of the oven. She smiled as she turned around but stopped when she saw his face. “Tyler, what happened? Is everything okay?” “Nothing is okay, mom. Nothing will ever be okay again.” He stood in the middle of the kitchen as his mother came over to the kitchen table. “Sounds like you had a rough day, Tyler. Is there anything I can do to help?” “That’s just the thing, Mom. We can’t help. There’s nothing we can do.” He sat down at the table and put his head in his hands. His mother sat down and waited a moment until Tyler began to speak again.“Today, in science, the teacher was talking about Earth Day and the environment. Earth Day is supposed to be a day when every person promises to do something to help take care of our world. Mrs. Green was telling us how many companies are not careful about how they get rid of their industrial waste. She said that our world is getting dirtier and that many animals and plants are dying. She wants us to think of something we can do to help and I thought all the way home and there is nothing I can do. I can’t stop the companies from polluting our air and water and I can’t save all of the animals! There is not anything that I can do to make a difference.”His mother sat for a minute, thinking. “You sound like this really concerns you and that you have put a lot of thought into it, Tyler.” Tyler nodded. “Let me tell you a story that your grandfather told me. I don’t know where he heard it, but I think that it might help you think about your problem in a different way.” She began, “one morning a man was walking down a beach that was covered in dying starfish. The tide the night before had been especially strong and thousands of starfish had been washed up on shore, too far up for them to make it back into the water by themselves. The man shook his head as he trudged along thinking what a shame it was that all of those starfish would die on the beach.He came upon a boy who was throwing starfish back into the ocean as fast as he could. He was out of breath and it was obvious that he had been at this task for a while. “Son,” the man said, “you might as well quit. There are thousands of them. They are washed up all over the beach as far as you can see. There is no way you can make any sort of a difference.” The boy did not even pause in what he was doing. He kept bending and throwing but as he did, he spoke to the man, “I can make a difference to this one, and this one, and this one.” And the man thought, and he knew the boy was right. He began to help return the animals to their home, smiling at how life’s biggest lessons sometimes came from the smallest people.”Tyler stared intently at his mother. “But he did make a difference, didn’t he? To every starfish that he threw back in?” His mother nodded, smiling. He sat for a moment, thinking about what his mother had said. “So, what it means is that even though I can’t change everything, make a big difference by doing the little things that matter?” “That,” she said, sliding him the plate of brownies, “is exactly what I am saying.” Tyler grinned and took a brownie from the plate. “That gives me an idea.” His mother smiled even bigger and said, “I kind of thought that it might.”The next morning on the way to school, his feet hardly touched the ground. He told his teacher the story of the starfish and his idea. Mrs. Green thought it was a great idea, and decided to let Tyler share the story and his idea with the class. Everyone got to work immediately, cutting out the large green leaves.On Earth Day, there was an assembly and everyone in the community was invited. Many of those gathered were startled to see the large brown tree trunk affixed to the auditorium wall. They sat, puzzled, and waited for the program to begin. A boy, dressed up to look like a man, walked across a stage filled with starfish. The play went on as Tyler and his class told the story taking place. When it was over the audience applauded as Tyler stood at the podium.“We were all thinking, and it was frustrating because we didn’t think that we could do anything. The problems seemed too big for us to do anything about them. But we decided that together, even the little things we do could add up to mean a lot to our world.” The kids began passing out the green leaves and pens to the audience. “We want every person to think of one thing they can do that could make a difference to our world. Even if it seems like something small, it will matter.”The audience began writing, and soon the tree was covered with the green leaves. Tyler and his class read many of them as they attached them to the tree. “I will walk to work.” “I will use both sides of my paper to save trees.” “I will have my pet neutered so there won’t be any puppies born that won’t have a home.” “I will plant a tree every year.” “I will start recycling my newspapers.” Tyler thought, and bent to write his promise on the leaf. Soon, the tree was beautiful and green and covered with the Earth Day promises. People were laughing and talking as they left, thinking of what they had promised to do.When the dismissal bell rang, Tyler got his backpack and began the short walk home. As he reached the sidewalk, he pulled an old grocery bag from his backpack. He began picking up the trash as he made his way home, instead of kicking it. He smiled all the way, thinking of the difference they would make.