“I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues…Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Earth Day is a special holiday that involves 1 billion participants from 192 different countries each year. As our world faces even greater environmental threats than those of generations before, one may wonder about the threats that the generations after us will be facing.
Participating in an Earth Day activity with kids on or around April 22 is a great way to plant the seed of awareness and action in their young minds. The internet is packed with tons of great Earth Day activity ideas.
First, you can take part in the NASA #GlobalSelfie campaign. Just upload a photo of yourself on one of five social media sites and it will be part of a mosaic of photos from around the world.
Take an ecological footprint quiz. This quiz takes into account what resources a person uses and compares it to how many resources are actually available. This is a great activity that can help us all discover actions we can do to lower our environmental footprint.
Feel free to check out this interactive water cycle diagram for kids. It ranges from beginners, intermediate and advanced learning so it works well for all grade levels. Visit bloodwater.org to learn about parts of the world that don’t have access to clean water.
A cartoon series called Gorilla in the Greenhouse spreads awareness about different environmental issues. For example, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch spreads awareness about plastic bag pollution and promotes reusable bags. Earthprotect.com is also another wonderful resource that supplies tons of different short educational videos on environmental issues.
Get out and enjoy Earth Day 2014!