Earth Day Education
April 18, 2011 ~
On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Created by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, and with a little help from citizens everywhere, Earth Day has grown from a small grassroots movement to an international effort to help educate people about environmental issues that affect this special place we call home.
This year, adopt a few traditions that will help both your family and the environment.
Curb School Supply Fever There are a number of ways your family can make choices that are environmentally friendly while being nice to your wallet as well. Your choices in school supplies can have higher or lower costs to both your bank account and the planet. The easiest way to save money and landfill space is to buy less stuff. This understandably can be a hard idea to sell. Introduce your child to the Earth Day website to explain how each person reducing waste can have a big impact on the future of our world.
Show You Can Recycle Almost Anything Many children believe that because something has been used or is not in its original packaging, it is inferior to a brand-new product. This thinking isn’t changed overnight, but by taking small steps, like purchasing used books for school, you can slowly teach your children the effect that conserving resources such as paper can have if we all practice it in our daily lives. Another way to conserve resources and lessen our carbon footprint is to recycle our electronics. Today it is common for folks to feel like these tools are disposable after a few years, but sites like EcoSquid.com offer to recycle or even pay for older gadgets like phones or computers so they can be sold to other users. This approach not only saves some hard-earned cash, but also teaches children that recycling is more than throwing your glass jars into a bin. Donate Old Gear Children grow fast – sometimes more quickly than we would like. Clothing that has been outgrown can be donated to those less fortunate through organizations like Goodwill or The Salvation Army. School supplies like backpacks, books, calculators and pens can be recycled or donated and sold to those in need rather than taking up space in landfills. Teaching your children how they can take steps toward a healthier tomorrow for our planet is time well-spent.
Sen. Nelson’s vision was to empower the world with choices that would help sustain us and minimize our footprints on a global level. More than 30 years later, his dream has not only survived, but has gained strength and support through people like you. Taking care of our planet is a message that can resonate within all of us, regardless of age.