Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22nd April. It aims to raise awareness in masses and inspire action towards protecting environment and need for conservation. This year’s theme for Earth Day is Restore our Earth.
The day is meant to recognize earth and its ecosystems as humanity’s common home and the need to protect the same to improve people’s livelihoods, fight climate change and the resulting collapse of biodiversity. If the past 1 year has taught us anything, we need to recognize that the time to act is now and the days of lip-service are over.
This year, I decided to involve my kids as well in simple but sustained efforts to protect and restore our earth by implementing small lifestyle changes. In the run-up to the Earth day we came up with some fun ways to do it.
7 ways to celebrate Earth Day in our daily life
- Super Electro Unplugger
Both kids were tasked with turning off the switches, unplugging instruments when not in use and keeping an eye on electricity conservation. This resulted in them learning about the importance of electricity conservation and some fun time pass over the summer vacation.
2. Identify- Segregate- Donate
After the schools closed for summer vacation, I got both my kids to raid their cupboards and segregate things and clothes on the basis of reusable, and discard categories. Clothes and toys that were reusable were packed in boxes for donation or sharing with their cousins. Clothes that were in the discard category were packed to be discarded off consciously.
3. Reuse school stationary
We did a similar exercise with school stationary. Blank pages from the last years books were torn and binded to create new home books for revision. Similarly the books that were used were handed over the scrap dealer. Textbooks were shared with those looking for second-hand books. Pencils, rubbers, pens and other stationary were labeled and stored in relevant boxes for reuse.
4. Caring for a plant
Both kids were given take-away containers to plant a seed and watch it grow. Project restore our earth can begin with one plant each house, isn’t it? The younger one was super thrilled when the green shoots were visible. Now he is patiently waiting for it to grow and give a flower. He planted the marigold. Husband has been tending to our balcony garden since Covid lockdown and the garden has been blooming well in his care. Both kids take turn in helping their dad in the garden. They also wait excitedly for the little sun birds that visit our garden.
5. Use their creativity
Both kids have been asked to come up with something creative to commemorate the Earth Day with Restore our Earth theme. Diva has been busy ideating and creating a poster while the scientist has been tinkering with his stuff to come up with some model. The idea has supercharged their brains and it is fantastic to see them work on their ideas.
6. Set up a Reading Club
Diva has recently started reading more and she and her friends came up with this great idea of starting a book exchange club. They have gone a step ahead and created a Whatsapp group to share their books. Each kid shares the book images of what they have and others request for relevant books. They meet at a common time and exchange their books every week. I loved this idea and will be implementing soon in my network as well.
7. Make paper
Create recycled paper. Another fun way to use the old used school notebook pages is by making recycled paper of it. Simple steps to create recycled paper are
- Cut the paper into tiny pieces
- Soak it in water
- Add some natural color
- Make a pulp of it by giving it a quick spin in the blender.
- Put the pulp in a sieve and let the water drain.
- Keep the residue in the sieve and let it dry for 24 hours.
Simple initiatives like these will get children involved and help them become climate warriors. Restore our Earth, is not just a theme but it should be a mantra that each one should follow. We need to make a lot of changes at the grass root level to achieve significant results and it can start from our homes.
How do you plan to celebrate the Earth Day? Share your ideas in comments below.
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