7 ways to celebrate Earth Day
7 ways to celebrate Earth Day
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The urgency of bringing about change to fight against climate change is at its peak. The importance of maintaining a healthy natural ecosystem has been highlighted evermore due to the ongoing pandemic. We, at BoardShare, have compiled a list of 7 kid-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day coming up this Thursday, April 22nd.
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What is Earth Day?
Earth Day began as an initiative to raise awareness about the deteriorating environment in the US. It was organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson in Wisconsin in 1970. This turned into a huge global movement in 1990, supported by millions worldwide which eventually paved the way for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Today, as we all continue to fight for a cleaner, better future, Earth Day continues to be a movement mobilizing more than a billion people from over 190 countries. Read on to find out how to celebrate Earth Day and join them!
The official website for Earth Day has many resources to find a way to act. Attend international conferences as part of your classroom activities or sign up to take a pledge to restore our Earth. Students can also take a quiz to test their knowledge about climate change, deforestation, the environment, and even whale conservation!
2) National Geographic Kids
Watch kid-friendly videos explaining the science behind climate change and how it affects our furry (or scaly or feathery) co-habitants.
3) Give the gift of trees
Be it someone’s birthday or a thank-you gift, this is the one gift that keeps giving! Several non-profit organizations allow you to plant trees in severely deforested regions via donations, here is one of them.
4) Take part in local conservation efforts
Go for a clean-up drive (with appropriate safety precautions), organize a sapling-planting event, or join a club! These activities can help increase environmental awareness amongst youngsters while uplifting their community directly.
5) Rainforest Alliance’s Environmental Curricula
Rainforest Alliance has great free classroom resources for PreK to 8th grade covering diverse topics. Pull them up on your BoardShare unit and get to know the environment up close!
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6) ABCya’s Recycling game
Teach kids what belongs in which bin and encourage them to start recycling through a fun game!
Bonus Tip: Encourage them to find out how recycling works in their school or neighborhood.
7) Watch a Documentary
Documentaries are the perfect way to get kids excited about protecting our natural environment. They often tell a story and offer a glimpse into the daily life of animals, birds, and insects. This helps children understand and provides them with a sense of responsibility. David Attenborough’s ‘A Life on Our Planet’ (Netflix) is one such awe-inspiring documentary that will leave you and the kids with a newfound respect for Planet Earth.
What is your favorite approach to introducing your students to environmental concerns and celebrate Earth Day? Let us know below or leave us a message on our social media!
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