History of Earth Day:
In September 1969, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, the founder of earth day has proposed the nation to set a day-April 22, 1970, to focus on the environment. But, actually the idea for the earth day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. To start the movement, a series of books helped. Silent Spring in 1962, The Population Bomb in 1968. Also, some events had a brunt, such as oil spills near England in 1967 and Santa Barbara, California in 1968. The growing concern about the environment was also fed by the nuclear fall out from above ground testing. After that, the nelson had toured the coastal area of Santa Barbara and saw first hand the destruction that had happened. While flying to the San Francisco, one newspaper was read by him that accounts about campus activism for the environment. The campuses were previous to Washington DC and the idea for Earth Day came to him. Because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level, the earth day worked. In responding to the widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. It organized itself because they have neither the time nor the resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. This was the notable thing about Earth Day.
How to celebrate Earth Day?
Plant trees which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cleans pollution, secures soil in place to prevent erosion, and provides homes for a lot of biodiversity.
Teachers, professionals, students, in fact anyone who cares about the environment and is willing to teach others, can all provide environmental lessons for others. Everyone has environmental knowledge they can share with others.
Leave your car at home and walk every chance you get. As you go along, pay attention to the life around you - birds, insects, trees, flowers, even the plants we call weeds.
Wear a green and/or brown dress, environmental colors for the day.
Join an environmental group. Nearly all the national organizations publish informative newsletters and magazines, offer discounted admission to parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and organize guided tours of natural places near and far.
Rid litter from our roadways. Many groups use the weekend of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated since the last clean-up day.
Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Borrow some library books and read up on an issue such as pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change.
Get together with your family and build a birdhouse or make a bird feeder to encourage the local bird population, which plays an important role in every ecosystem.
On earth day, commit to at least five actions to protect the environment.
Use less water: Take showers instead of baths, fix leaks, and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. And buy efficient fixtures by looking for the WaterSense label.
Save electricity: Do a home energy audit, get programmable thermostats, turn stuff off when you're done, buy Energy Star products, and change your bulbs to compact fluorescent.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle: Try to find products with less packaging, take reusable bags on shopping trips, creatively reuse other products, and recycle what's left.
Test your home for radon: Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless gas that can seep into your home and cause lung cancer.
Commute without polluting: Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs.Use chemicals safely: Read pesticide labels carefully. Lock up pesticides, paints, and cleaners where kids can't reach them.
Check your local air quality: When you exercise outdoors, use your local air quality forecast to help plan the best time for a workout or run.
eCycle: Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to a recycling center. This helps keep hazardous substances out of the landfill.
Spread the word: Teach others where you work or go to school. Encourage people to Pick 5 for the Environment!
Enjoy the outdoors safely! Find out the quality of beach water from your state office and get the UV Index to protect yourself from the sun.
Recycling: This recycling inventiveness is popular in schools for a reason that they are a perfect and age-appropriate topic to study. Kids can do these initiatives themselves and have real impact at school and at home. The activities which can be involved are collection of paper waste, collection of bottles and cans, and collection of other waste materials. So, recycling ends with the collection of large quantities of bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard.
Build: After starting a recycling program, you will be ended with large quantities of recyclable materials. Then, challenge your kids to build something by these materials that fit into their curriculum. They can build Egyptian pyramids and montage map of Colonial America and other countries from bottle caps.
Cancel Sales Catalogs: It is a cute straightforward idea that kids really enjoy. In this, kids have to cancel unwanted sales catalogs. It saves trees, water, energy, and our climate. Most importantly this activity empowers children to know they can make difference. It is a fun earth day project. For joining in the catalog canceling challenge click here.
Take a Walk: Take your kids outside. Visit some nearby forest to get inspiration for poetry or to sit and read books that are set in the woods. Kids spend so much more time indoors; many are never given the opportunities to connect with nature. It's easy if your school campus is pastoral, if not, visit a park. When outdoors, kids can adopt trees, study insects or birds, help with landscaping, pick up litter, and other such activities.
Here's a couple ideas on how to recycle and have fun with the kids...
When the fun of hiding and searching on Easter is over, what do you do with all of those plastic eggs? Make a rattle snake preschool craft of course! With a little help from a grownup to drill the holes, your preschooler can construct this Plastic Egg Snake Preschool Craft in no time and have a fun new toy to play with all year long! So gather all your eggs in one basket and get to crafting!
15-20 Plastic Egg Bottoms
2 Whole Plastic Eggs
Yarn or String
A Few Dried Beans
How To Make It
The adult needs to do this step. You will only be using the bottoms of the eggs. Drill a hole through each plastic egg bottom that is big enough for your yarn or string to thread through. Now, drill a hole through the top and bottom of the 2 whole plastic eggs.
Thread one of the whole eggs onto the string and tie a knot so it won't slip off. Once it's on, put a few dried beans inside. This will be the rattling tail. Then tape egg shut.
Thread on the egg halves until you have achieved the desired length.
Thread on the other whole egg and tape it closed. Draw two eyes on it and tie off the string, leaving enough to make a tongue on your snake. Now you have a wiggly rattlesnake!
Great craft for a school lesson plan, girl scouts, boy scouts or home project,
Have children talk about favorite places: The beach, a special camping spot, a back yard forest, the city, their room, whatever. Have them discuss what they like about it and then recreate it in a three dimensional showcase.
- Shoe box
- Brown paper shopping bag
- Your imagination
- Start with a Shoe box
- You can paint it or cover it with a recycled brown bag
- Use the cover as a base
- Turn the shoe box bottom sideways and sit it inside the base
- Have children decide on a favorite place: beach, camping, forest, their room, whatever
- Make a drawing and figure out what recycled objects they can use to create the scene
- In this case we used stones, tissue paper, recycled schoolwork (the other side) and some toys.
Baby Food Jar Animals
What does your pet look like? How about the pet you wish you had? Make one out of a baby food jar. They're cute and easy!
- Baby Food Jars
- Scraps of Craft Foam
- Tacky Glue or Low Temp Glue Gun
- Cotton (for white animals)
- Feathers (for bird)
- Wiggle Eyes -- 10mm
- Plastic Lace for whiskers
Clean baby food jar. Remove label. Fill with pompoms to match your animal's face. Put the lid on and turn it upside down. Glue on wiggle eyes. Cut ears (or beak) out of foam and glue in place. Add pompoms if desired. For whiskers, cut pieces of craft lace and glue one end under pompom nose.
Cut a strip of craft foam 1/4" wide and glue around edge of lid.
These are just a few ideas, go explore & have fun today! Good luck :)
Also feel free to add in the comments box what YOU'RE doing to celebrate & any ideas you have.
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