TIDBITS FOR PARENTS
Celebrate EARTH DAY Every Day!
Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and events will be held worldwide to celebrate. WHY? Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 to demonstrate for environmental reform. At that time, most people did not concern themselves with taking care of the earth or trying to leave it in a better state for their children. But Earth Day changed all that with a challenge to change human behavior and countries’ policies to protect the earth and all that live on it.
So how can we protect the earth and teach our children to do the same? One way to remember the many ways we as individuals can help the earth is to: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Here are some ideas to help!
REDUCE: use less, waste less (of paper, water, electricity)
- Try not printing as much off your computer
- Use the back sides of paper
- Unplug your appliances when not in use – especially those recharger cords!
- Buy things that have less packaging
- Save wrapping paper to use again
- Save grocery bags to use to carry other things
- Donate clothing for the less advantaged
RECYCLE: We are fortunate in our neighborhoods to have a recycling program through our waste removal companies. Have your children help you collect:
- Plastic bottles & containers
- Mental or glass containers
All can be recycled at your curb! You can also find depositories in your Village Hall for electronics, batteries, medications & eye glasses.
All of these ways to save the earth from large amounts of garbage and poisoning our water supply are incredibly easy and worthwhile ways to teach your children good habits early to care for our environment. You can also take them down the “natural products” aisles at your grocery store to find detergents, floor and glass cleaners, etc. that are made naturally so that chemicals don’t seep into our earth.
In the words of Chief Seattle who warned the U.S. government when signing the treaty that took his people’s land,
“Teach your children what you have been taught,
The earth is our mother.
What befalls the earth befalls all the sons and daughters of the earth.”
P.S. If you would like to read a beautifully written and illustrated book with Chief Seattle’s message to your children, look up Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, c1991.