Apr 182014

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.

· Plant something: Let’s face it: most kids love to play with soil. Plantingfruits, vegetables, flowers or herbs can thrill children. And it can teach them to work with Mother Nature and contribute to the natural beauty of the world.
· Go for a picnic: Nothing tastes better than a meal outside.
· Turn rocks and stones over, and take a very good look at bugs and worms –creepy crawly, perhaps, but kids might get a kick out of it. Bring a magnifying glass and REALLY look at them.
· Visit a farmers market: Enjoy what organic goodies nature has to offer and support a local farmer.
· Make a wonderful plant-based meal together: Kids love to help in the kitchen. What better way to teach them about where food comes from?
· Read a book about eco-friendliness: The best way to teach your child can be to read a book with them. Some children’s books can often get across beautiful messages about planet Earth in a very understandable way. My personal favorites are I want to go green but what does that mean?, the Lorax,  and We are extremely very good recyclers.

Here are some more ideas for kid friendly Earth Day celebrations:


Here you can learn more about what you can do for your part:


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