Celebrating Earth Day with the Family!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The very first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970 as a response to the oil spills, air pollution and water pollution found throughout the United States. It was recognized as “the planet’s largest civic event” and has led to the development of laws to help improve our planet’s climate.
According to Earthday.org, this year’s theme is, “Climate Action,” which is a very appropriate theme as we have already seen so many effects of climate change before and during our world-wide shut down caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Although it’s been an incredibly stressful time for us all, we’re all in this together and we will get through this!
So, while we are all safe at home, let’s share some cheer with fun activities for the whole family!
Fun Family Activities
Mickey Bird Feeder
Make a cute little Earth Day treat for the birds with this Mickey Mouse shaped bird feeder!
Let’s Make It! https://family.disney.com/craft/mickey-bird-feeder/
A Bug’s Life Egg Carton Craft
Recycle your egg cartons and turn them into art! Here’s a fun art project inspired by A Bug’s Life.
Let’s Make It! https://family.disney.com/craft/bugs-life-egg-carton-craft/
Tsum Tsum Eggshell Vases
Besides recycling your egg cartons, did you know you can recycle the eggshells, too? Transform your leftover eggshells into your favorite Tsum Tsum.
Let’s Make It! https://family.disney.com/craft/eeyore-donald-duck-eggshell-vases/
Need something a bit more challenging? Test your knowledge about Earth with a multitude of tests found on earthday.org. See how much you know about climate change, whale conservation and more!
Let the testing begin! https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-quizzes/
Watch Earth Day 50 Online
Earth Day celebrations will go digital this year! Watch the event live to see messages and performances from stars like Zac Efron, Al Gore, Van Jones and more!
Tune in at https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/
More ways we can do our part:
- Fix it! Don’t trash it! – It’s so easy to throw something away if it’s broken, but let’s try to save it instead. Do you have a hole in a piece of clothing? Add a cute patch to cover it up.
- Get a green thumb – Plant a tree in your backyard, grow your favorite flowers or start your very own veggie garden.
- Change your bulbs – Save electricity, and lower your light bill, by replacing your most used lights with energy efficient light bulbs.
- Unplug your electronics – Make sure your electronics are completely unplugged when you’re done using them or you can plug them into a single power strip.
- Lessen the car rides – During the world-wide shut down, we’ve seen a massive decrease of cars on the road. This has been a huge help in minimizing the amount of air pollution, especially in heavily populated areas. However, you can still minimize your car usage even more! When running errands, see if you can run multiple (if not all) your errands in a single trip. If you need to take a quick trip nearby, see if you can walk or bike to where you need to go. Not only is this a better choice for the environment, but it’s also a great way to get some exercise!