This Sunday, April 22 2012 will be Earth Day, a great time to celebrate our planet and reflect on the things we should be doing to keep making it a beautiful and sustainable place to live.
This will be the 43rd Earth Day (the first was held on April 22 1970) and many different events are planned for the weekend. For a brief overview, visit the official Earth Day site at EarthDay.org. What are you planning on doing this Earth Day to reflect on the state of the environment?
One of the really inspiring projects on the site is The Canopy Project which is an effort to radically increase tree coverage on the planet through the planting of one billion trees. The project focuses on geographic areas where reforestation is desperately needed, but anyone can do their part to help simply by planting a tree. Remember, Earth Day is all about awareness and the simple act of planting a tree can help reinforce the message and is a great teaching tool for children.
It’s important to teach kids about the values around sustainability and recycling. Kids learn a lot about the basics in school nowadays, but the best practices are learned and reinforced at home as well. In addition to recycling, conservation is probably the best lesson kids can learn at home.
Here’s a reader submission from one woman who lets her kids learn through video games.
My 9-year old son is a huge fan of Poptropica and last year on Earth Day, they had a special mini-quest all about conservation in the home called, Don’t Be an Energy Hog [editor: video included below–check it out!] I sat with him while he played the game and learned about how much a difference simple conversation at home can make. Afterwards, we took the time to walk through our own house and identify better ways to conserve energy. He even made a list so that we’d remember to do things like turn off the lights, lower the thermostat and more. He even made a shopping list of items for us to get to better manage our energy consumption at home. I’m so proud of him!