Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day, April 22
Written by Alexis Glenn

Why is Earth Day important?

Earth Day is important because it promotes awareness for the Earth’s environment and it demonstrates a support for the protection of the environment.

Why should we care?

We should care about the Earth because it’s our home; we need to take care of it in order to be able to live healthy lives. You should care about the Earth that you are leaving for your future families, and you should try to be proactive in helping keep it clean and well taken care of.

The Aboriginal Activist and Poet, Bobby McLeod said: “When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible…. To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves.” By this, he means that in order to change the state of the planet, and improve our health, we must change our own ways of thinking and try to work together towards the common goal of helping reduce pollution and make the Earth cleaner.

What can we do?

Everyone can do something, you don’t have to save whales in the Arctic because every small thing helps. You can recycle, save water, turn off the lights when you aren’t using them, don’t litter and pick it up when you see it, plant trees or other plants, compost, use reusable water bottles, or carpool. The most important thing you can do is educate yourselves on the issues that the Earth is facing and learn about ways to help.

How can we continue to make a difference after Earth Day?

Earth Day isn’t the only day a year where we should try to make a difference; we can continue to do these things all year!

FUN FACTS

  • 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day in 1970
  • More than 1 Billion people participate in Earth Day each year!
  • Earth Day is celebrated in over 180 countries all over the world!

To learn more about the history of Earth Day go to: http://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/

If you are looking for fun activities to do with your family this Earth Day, we have a few ideas.  Try some of these and let us know how it goes. 

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Go out and see who can find all of these items.  Be sure you leave them where you find them.      

Rocks       Tree Bark
Sticks       Leaves
Dirt       Plants
Grass       Feathers


Take a family selfie representing what Earth Day means to you and post it to the NEAT Facebook page (@NorthernEnvironmentalActionTeam) with the hashtag #earthday!

Earth Day Crafts
http://www.housingaforest.com/paper-mache-globes/
http://www.schoolingamonkey.com/how-paper-is-recycled/ http://viewsfromastepstool.com/homemade-earth-day-cookies/ http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/04/stained-glass-planet-earth-earth-day

Take the Earth Day Quiz to see how much you
know about Earth Day!
http://www.conservation.org/quizzes/Pages/Earth-Day-Quiz-ScienceMatters.aspx?gclid=CK7MnJ74sNMCFQ-4wAodcy8Dbg
 

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