Dear readers, that is a great question...
Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet. Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility.
The photo above speaks volumes because our planet is truly in our hands and our responsibility to take care of our planet for the next generation.
What choices do you and your family make to protect our planet?
I'll be honest with you, this is something I did not grow up doing but it has taken me years to learn and show our children how to help protect our planet. I'm by far perfect at it so I won't claim to be but the important thing is 'we' are doing something to help!
Here are a few ways you can help:
- Walk or ride a bicycle to school, the park, or the store. Encourage your parents to walk or ride to work, too. This is a great way to help reduce the pollution created by cars, trucks, buses, trains, and airplanes.
- Plant trees. Trees help keep the air clean.
- Do not litter. Pick up litter on the sidewalk, street, beach, or riverbank. This will help keep the environment free of contaminants.
- Create a compost pile for food scraps and plant waste from the garden. This is a good way to cut down on the amount of trash that goes into a landfill. As a bonus, compost helps create rich soil for gardening.
- Recycle! Recycling is an important part of keeping Earth clean. It is very easy to do. By giving old things a new life we put less pressure on important resources all of us will need in the future to survive.
This is how our family helps...
Recycle everything we can or upcycle (reuse for other purposes)
Recycle and upcycle our meat and produce trays
Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins or paper towels
Huck towel replaced paper towels
Reusable bags for our grocery and retail shopping
Make our own cleaning supplies
Make our own laundry soap
Click here for recipe
Eat organic products that participate in packing with recycled materials
We had a beautiful garden with three different types of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, green peppers, cayenne peppers, strawberries, rosemary, cucumbers and a blueberry bush but sadly last year we had to take it down after my mom passed and being in school full-time there was no time to maintain it, plus the neighborhood stray cats kept using it as a litter box. But here are some photos of our little raised garden...
(These photos don't do our garden justice since I took them at the time with my iPhone)
Our children learn by watching us make good choices to help protect our planet...
Click here to read a great little blog, Teach Mama on 5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids
Let's all do our part!