The Importance of Earth Day (18 Days Away!!) – April 3 ’13

DID YOU KNOW? Earth Day is not celebrated in 175 countries, and coordinated by the nonprofit Earth Day Network, according to whom Earth Day is now “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a half billion people every year.”

In honor of Earth Day every year, my boys and I take a big garbage bag and go door-to-door in our apartment building asking everyone for at least one glass, plastic, or cardboard thing to contribute to our “recycling project;” at the end of our rounds, we take our full bag to the nearest recycling center. We know it’s our little way to make a difference, and it’s a great way to instill in my boys the importance of caring for the Earth. We also make sure to take a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and learn about new plants and my sons’ favorite, veggies! We even buy some seeds there before we go and grow them in a little pot in our window. Did you know we DivaMoms and Dads can even take a class there? It is so important that we teach our little ones the importance of being knowledgeable about and caring for the Earth; we want it to always be a healthy, clean place for them and for there to always be big, beautiful trees giving them fresh, clean air. Doing their parts caring for the Earth always teaches children responsibility, confidence and extra sense of purpose; there is nothing like walking with your little one and passing someone on the street who throws a wrapper on the ground, and having your child acknowledge the wrongdoing and picking it up and throwing it out. It also instills an awareness of personal health in a child that, if nurtured, will carry him throughout his or her life.

Kristin Chenoweth kicked off Earth Month yesterday at an event in LA hosted by JĀSÖN®, a leader in natural personal care, to kick off the brand’s partnership with the Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project – an organization dedicated to planting trees in areas of need across the world.
Beginning today through 30th, JĀSÖN® will host a program through its Facebook page allowing consumers to do their part for the environment in celebration of Earth Day. For every new “like” on the JĀSÖN® page during this time frame, one tree will be planted via the Canopy Project.
Visit the program at http://bit.ly/JASONcares.
All JĀSÖN products are free of Parabens, Phthalates, Artificial Colors, Petrolatum, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Myreth Sulfate. www.JASON-PersonalCare.com

Here’s a little bit of Earth Day history I found! Share with your kids! 🙂 Responding to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.  Senator Nelson, an environmental activist, took a leading role in organizing the celebration, hoping to demonstrate popular political support for an environmental agenda. Senator Nelson selected Denis Hayes, a Harvard University graduate student, as the national coordinator of activities. One of the organizers of the event said: “We’re going to be focusing an enormous amount of public interest on a whole, wide range of environmental events, hopefully in such a manner that it’s going to be drawing the interrelationships between them and, and getting people to look at the whole thing as one consistent kind of picture, a picture of a society that’s rapidly going in the wrong direction that has to be stopped and turned around. Senator Nelson stated that Earth Day “worked” because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. Twenty-million demonstrators and thousands of schools and local communities participated. He directly credited the first Earth Day with persuading U.S. politicians that environmental legislation had a substantial, lasting constituency. Many important laws were passed by the Congress in the wake of the 1970 Earth Day, including the Clean Air Act, wild lands and the ocean, and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

I plan on doing this Earth Day craft with my boys this weekend! Make your own globe of the Earth from a balloon covered with newspaper, flour-water glue, and paint. Although this is a messy project that takes days to complete, the results are very nice and teach a tremendous amount about geography.

Supplies needed: A round balloon. Lots of newspaper. Flour and water glue (instructions below). A container for mixing the glue (old plastic containers work well). A spoon or stick to stir the glue. A printer. Pencil. Blue and green tempera paint. Paint brushes. A dark marker.

Send me pictures of how yours turn out so I can post them on my next blog! 🙂 “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.” Gaylord Nelson

XOXO,

Lyss