World Earth Day 2015 is celebrated on 22 April. Earth Day is a day to think about our planet and what we can do to keep it special; to think about saving water and energy, reducing pollution, recycling, protecting our animals, trees and plants, and generally getting people interested in protecting their environment.
Care for the Planet is one of the Six Ways to Wellbeing and it encourages you to look after your community and the world. Make small changes to your life that will reduce your energy use, recycle more, leave the car at home, use low energy light bulbs, small steps to a greener life can make a difference.
If you want some ideas and suggestions as to how you can Care for the Planet go to our Ways to Care for the Planet page.
Here are some quick ideas for celebrating Earth Day with your children:
- Plant a vegetable / flower
- Go for a bike ride or a long walk (leave the car behind)
- Hold a nature “scavenger hunt” (send the kids out into the garden or park in teams to collect – or spot – various items on a list you provide)
- Print out some of our posters and place in strategic positions around the house. Talk about saving water when brushing teeth and saving energy by turning off the lights when you leave a room
- Bake your favourite cookie or biscuit recipe and let the kids decorate with icing to look like the planet earth
- Gather family and friends together and combine a picnic or other excursion with a litter clean-up
- Set up a recycling centre in your home or school
- Look through your shelves and find some books to give away via your local charity shop or library
To find out more about Earth Day go to: www.earthday.org