Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth Day Celebrates its 40th Anniversary on April 22, 2010

Photo Credit: Earthday.org
The following is a guest post by Earth Day Network, an environmental non- profit based in D.C.

Forty years ago, on April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people converged in small towns and major cities across the United States to help launch the modern environmental movement. That first Earth Day was part teach-in, part call-to-action and part celebration. At Earth Day Network, our Education program continues a successful history of environmental education initiatives dating back to the first Earth Day in 1970. We are continuing this tradition for the upcoming 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day on Thursday April 22, 2010. We have hundreds of resources to help go green and get involved in Earth Day.
Here’s a list of fun activities you can do with your kids to teach them about the environment.
· Pull out invasive plants and replace them with native species.
· Ride bikes, walk or take public transit.
· Volunteer at a local Earth Day event.
· Write a letter to a local policymaker.
· Start a family garden and grow healthy food. Start a compost pile and use a rain barrel.
· Switch out light bulbs for energy- efficient CFLs.
· Learn about the history of the environmental movement. Use activity ideas from Earth Day Network lesson plans.
· Paint an eco- mural. Use green art supplies.
· Make art from recycled objects.
· Play educational games Environmental Jeopardy.
· Use the interactive online Ecological Footprint quiz.
· View and discuss films on Earth Day TV.
· Clean up your playground, schoolyard, walking paths or watershed.
· Hold a recycling or waste reduction contest.
· Take your class outside.
· Compost your good scraps.

Need Help? Contact education@earthday.org for resources, ideas and support!

3 comments:

Marianne Lane said...

Hi,
I found this post to be very helpful on what I can personally do this Earth Day. Some of these ideas you can definitely do by yourself or with your class. These are great ideas and thanks for sharing them with everyone!

Steph H said...

Great list of ideas to do with your family. I like that they aren't overwhelming things either -- every bit counts.

Alicia said...

I love all the great idea's of activities do do with your family. I am a big supporter of going green and trying to improve the condition our world is in! I was very disappointed with how insignificant Earth Day seems to be. For years I've been wearing green on this day to show my support, posting and sending out messages saying Happy Earth Day, and year after year it seems the enthusiasm gets less and less. I would love to see schools get more involved with this day to let students, parents, and staff how important it is to take care of our Earth! Thank you for this post, and giving me a little hope that there are people out there who care about this day!