March 10, 2009

Teaching A Child About Earth Day

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Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, is a day set aside for everyone who cares about the planet. Every day, we are becoming more aware of the affects of our habits on the earth. As we strive to keep our eco-system intact; and keep our rainforests from being destroyed; there is much we can do as individuals. Teaching your child about Earth Day is a good first step, as they will be learning habits and attitudes from what we do.teach a child about earth day

It is important to explain to your kids what Earth Day represents, and what you do as a family – not just one day, but every day can slow the damage we are doing to the environment.

* Plant a tree in your yard.
* Recycle and use services like
* Reduce by agreeing as a family to go without anything new for a week/month or longer.
* If it’s safe, have your kids walk or bike ride to school, or go with them
* When not at home, keep lights off, and turn lights off when leaving a room
* Save water by fixing leaky faucets, taking short showers and turning the tap off when brushing teeth, shaving, or rinsing dishes.
[ad#ad-2] * Wash the car and water the lawn less often.
* Replace the filter in your air conditioner unit often.
* Forget paper v plastic – use recyclable bags.
* Volunteer to help clean up your local park
* Teach kids how to grow an herb garden or grow a garden for your family
* Build a birdhouse in your backyard and learn about the birds who visit
* Switch to filtered water and refill non-disposable cups at home instead of throwing away plastic bottles.

By implementing these suggestions, you are teaching your kids energy conservation, recycling, increasing plant and tree growth, respect for nature, how to save water, reduce toxins in the air, keep the environment clean, planting trees and flowers to increase oxygen, reduce air pollution, and love and respect all animals who inhabit the earth.

Imagine if everyone took the time to implement some of these suggestions, we would truly be able to make a huge impact on our earth. Teaching a child about Earth Day is just one step of many.

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