Although “Earth Day” falls on April 22, why not make a point of adopting little changes that can benefit Mother Earth for more than a day. Here are some ideas on how to engage your family in learning how to live “greener:”
1. Become trash collectors - Have a stash of small trash bags (and a pair of gardening gloves) on hand for when you are out and about. Whether you are on a walk, or in a parking lot, stop to pick up trash along your route.
2. Go straw free - According to the “Be Straw Free Campaign” (founded by 9-year-old Milo), over the course of a year, 46,400 large school buses could be filled with disposable plastic straws. What can you do? Purchase reusable stainless steel straws; don’t forget to keep one stashed in the car for those mid-day iced coffee runs!
3. Recycle - Involve the children in creating/revamping your household recycling area. Are there items you can be recycling that you are not? Visit your local waste management center for recycling details. Also, check out this interactive NASA site for fun facts.
4. Make your home more energy efficient - The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors has complied a list of 10 Easy Ways to Save Money and Energy in Your Home — scan the list and choose three things to address this year.
5. Conserve water – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produced a Water Sense KIDS campaign to help educate families on water conservation. Do you teach grades 3-5 — check out the “teacher” link for a classroom lesson plan.