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As I alluded to when I posted about National Poetry Day, I am not good at following through when it comes to important dates, holidays and awareness months. Earth Day is no exception. However, I am all about making sure that our young people do understand how important it is that we are aware of our world, and what our existence does to it. Stewardship might be a buzz word at the moment, but the concept is far from trendy- it’s necessary. It seems so daunting to try to fix what is causing the environment to suffer, but there’s a lot we can do as individuals, and as communities. Here are just a very few resources I have found helpful for myself, and for sharing with young people:
- Lots of craft ideas for Earth Day from Kaboose
- No Impact Man (Colin Beavan): Book and movie
- The website, Climate Crisis
- Childsake.com– lots of book choices for books on the environment
- Fantastic video from Greenpeace – a good anticipatory set
- EcoKids: a website that has easy access to information at the heart of saving our planet
- The movies Flow, King Corn, An Inconvenient Truth, Earth, Food, Inc, and so many more…
- Picnic for the Planet
- The Story of Stuff Project
- Not to mention Farmer’s Markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), Green initiatives, recycling projects…. Google searches offer a plethora of options!
Kids are lucky – they have grown up in a world that is very conscious of the environment, and they already do things in their routines that help in the effort. To them, we have always recycled. Regardless, it’s important that we continue that awareness, and show children that their actions do make an impact.
Enjoy the day celebrating Mother Earth!