By Fredrica Syren:
I can’t believe that I almost forgot about the upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd. Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet and to reflect on what is going on with Earth. Now the most celebrated environmental day worldwide, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22, 1970, to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet, as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution.
Climate change is far from many people’s and leaders’ priorities right now. Unfortunately, it continues to effect humanity,
animals and ecosystems every day and at an alarming rate. I’m hoping that this year more people will take time to acknowledge the real issues with global warming because of the sobering report by United Nations scientists who state that global warming is a huge threat needing to be addressed right away before it’s too late.
My family celebrates Earth Day different ways each year. Usually we include planting in our garden, taking a nature walk of some sort, preparing a wonderful vegetarian meal together and, when possible, eating it outside. We also try to work on a challenge for ourselves as a family to make a difference for planet earth. This year we’re working on going plastic free.
For kids, there are so many fun activities to celebrate Earth Day. Here are some of my suggestions:
· Go on a nature walk or hike: Find a nature reserve near you. While you’re out there, play a game and try to identify different plants, weeds and wild life.
Here are some more ideas for kid friendly Earth Day celebrations:
Here you can learn more about what you can do for your part: