Saturday, April 22, 2017 will mark the 47th Earth Day celebration in the United States. Whether your family works hard to help take care of the Earth and teach you about the environment or this is your first time celebrating this green holiday, there is no down side! This planet is our home, and taking care of it is everyone’s responsibility — even kids! Get down and dirty and help mom and dad celebrate with these tips from Genetipetz.
1. Do a little learnin’ … even on a Saturday. Give mom and dad a history lesson by telling them all about the beginnings of Earth Day. Sen. Gaylord Nelson started Earth Day in 1970 and later earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his environmental work. Who says parents have to do all of the teaching? You can use this opportunity to explain how our everyday activities like driving to school, eating chips out of a plastic bag, or leaving the water running while we brush our teeth can affect the earth and all of the MixedUp creatures that live on it.
2. Unplug. Use this holiday as a time to unplug. Turn off the TV, cell phones, and iPods, and spend time as a family outdoors. You can appreciate nature, pass a football, plan a picnic, take a hike, and enjoy not being constantly connected for a few hours.
3. Plan a project together. You don’t have to overhaul your entire routine to have an impact on the Earth. Choose one thing that you will do as a family this year to make a positive impact on the environment. Commit to recycling paper, plastic, and glass items; replace items such as Ziploc bags and disposable cups with Tupperware and a reusable mug with a lid, or plant a small garden. No matter what you do, you’ll make a difference and enjoy achieving something together.