10 Ways to Mark Earth Day at Home with Kids
Earth Day, the annual event supporting environmental protection, is April 22. This year is Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.
Under normal circumstances, people around the world would be honouring the Earth with festivals, demonstrations and clean ups. However, the pandemic has forced everyone to stay home. These stay at home orders have had a sudden and dramatic effect on our planet.
Seismologists have seen less daily rumbles as the Earth’s crust is moving less and with fewer cars on the roads nitrogen dioxide concentrations are decreasing. Our air is cleaner and nature is flourishing.
The present situation reminds us our health is deeply connected to the health of our environment. So join in. Make a difference and avert a climate crisis where pandemics and extreme weather events become the new normal.
The PangeaSeed Foundation are known for their public art showing the pollution of our oceans. They’re hosting a festival where artists paint environmentally inspired murals in their own homes.
Make an Earth Day Promise
Make a sign, hang it in your window for all to see and make it happen.
Livestream Your Daily Nature Walk or Backyard Explorations
Ask viewers what species they have in their neighbourhoods and how they can protect their habitats.
Make a Bug Hotel
Annabelle Padwick, author of “You Can Grow Your Own Food”, suggests using wood, leaves, pine cones, twigs and any other natural materials you can find that would make a great home for little critters.
Minimise Food Waste
Learn about preservation techniques such as how to pickle, dry and freeze.
Learn About Your Food Print
Plant some potatoes for a fantastic treasure hunt in a few months time and make a plant based meal. Let’s fight climate change with diet change.
Conduct a Plastic Audit
How many plastic containers, wrappers, bottles and bags can you find in your kitchen? Research products with more sustainable packaging.
Tune Into a Virtual Zoo
Learn about animals and their habitat and what you can do to help conserve the most endangered species.
Take time to appreciate our planet
Walk barefoot. Meditate in nature. Dance in the rain. Create a gratitude jar for Mother Nature.