Earth Day 2018 : What You & Your Child Should Do
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on Apr 22, 2018
We all are aware of how climate change has been inviting global warming and impacting masses on a huge level. Not only the life on land is adversely affected, even marine life is impacted on a negative level. This brought the need to celebrate Earth Day, wherein various organizations can join hands together to bring awareness to people in a bid to save our planet Earth. World Earth Day 2018 will be celebrated by people from all over the world on 22nd April, 2018.
A Brief In To The Celebration Of World Earth DayWorld Earth Day celebrations began back in 1970, where the main aim was to raise public awareness for self consciousness, other living organisms, controlling the anti-war protest movement as well as keeping the environmental issues in front of the people. Gaylord Nelson, a US senator from Wisconsin was the brain behind the adaptation of World Earth Day. The idea of this event came from an incident that took place in 1969 where massive oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California. This urged Gaylord Nelson towards raising awareness of public consciousness for air, water and soil pollution as well as implementing environmental protection measures.
The Reason Behind World Earth Day CelebrationsOur Earth is the only planet where life has been supported till date, which is why it is essential to keep our planet protected and secured from all sorts of pollution in order to keep the planet eligible to support life. Unfortunately, the massive creation on this planet, that is, the humans are responsible for the depletion of various resources that has been threatening life form in various ways. We have lost our humanity, thus, causing extinction of various species of flora and fauna at an alarming rate, rising air pollution and soil pollution and much more.
The Ozone layer, which protects us from the ultra violet rays of the sun is depleting and augmenting global warming at a quick pace. The rivers are fusing with industrial toxic waters, which contain a lot of harmful chemicals, adversely affecting marine life as well as humans who consume the same. Increasing industrialization has also been a major contributor towards deforestation, which ultimately leads to a rise in temperature. Plastic bags are used in large numbers, which take millions of years to degrade, thus, harming the environment on a global scale.
Till date we have mercilessly utilized the resources of Earth and almost brought them to extinction within a short span of time. Hence, it is essential that we look after the environment on an individual as well as on a public scale. Our contribution towards saving the environment, regardless of small or big, will really take us towards a bright future. These causes are the real motives behind the Earth Day celebration.
Teaching your children about World Earth Day is crucial at this hour, as we need to start taking the matter of environment protection in our hands for a better tomorrow. If the right steps towards saving the environment aren’t taken today, the world will be a dark place to survive in the near future.
What To Teach Our Children About World Earth DayAlthough World Earth Day celebrations started around 50 years ago, the teachings and significance of this day is still relevant in today’s time. Celebrating this day on a global scale is the need of the hour, in order to make people aware about the environmental protection. On this special occasion, here are some facts that you can teach your children, highlighting the significance of World Earth Day-
Benefits of trees:Our children are smart and are very well aware of the concept of how trees breathe in carbon dioxide and supply us with oxygen that supports our very existence on this planet. Apart from this, trees also provide us with food, shelter, paper and a lot more things that contribute our everyday life. Unfortunately, our planet currently loses more than 15 billion trees each year, and 56 acres of forest are destroyed each minute. As trees use carbon dioxide in air, deforestation at such an alarming rate will lead to climate change, extinction of various species, shortage of food and even an increase in the amount of toxins in the air. To honour this day, teach your children the importance of planting trees and valuing them as our source of existence
Reducing the use of energy:Caring for our planet is about more than just planting trees. It is about saving the resources that we use in our everyday life, such as turning off the lights and fans when not in use, saving water by keeping the tap off while not in use during brushing teeth, washing clothes, cooking and so on, walking or using bicycles to visit short destinations, turning off electronic devices at night when not in use, opening the windows at night to let the passage of air come in instead of turning on the air conditioner
Importance of recycling:We have become careless today in term of preserving nature as everything is available to us at a click of a button. This is why even our children do not care or consider about the long term effects of their actions. Our children might not even be aware of what happens to the waste once it reaches the dumping grounds, what happens to the plastic that we use and dump in large numbers and so on.
Thus, you can teach your children the importance of recycling and how it is crucial for protecting our world from the harmful hazards of pollution. You can teach your child how to turn off the faucets when not in use, using limited amount of water while bathing and so on in order to seek preventive measures to save our Mother Earth.
In regards to this special occasion, there are various Earth Day activities for kids, which will teach them a lesson or two about conservation of our planet. So here are some Earth Day activities that your child can learn about, whilst having fun-
Taking up cycling:Promoting a healthy lifestyle such as pedalling to a nearby destination not only improves our health but even that of our planet. Instead of using vehicles, which amount to serious pollution, we can teach our children to use a bicycle if they want to reach a short destination. This can be a fun activity that your child can take up while going to school or college and you can do the same while going to work or buy groceries
Reusing materials for art and craft:A lot of junk items can be found in your home, such as cardboard boxes, unused paper, decorating articles, old gift wraps and so on. Bring all these materials together and create a best out of waste product that can be used in your house, such as a bird feeder, where you can store some grains in order to invite the birds for a hearty luncheon. You can even make a pen or a pencil stand out of it and organize your stationary in the same
Gardening:Gardening is a great activity that your child can take up along with your support. If you have a backyard, use it to the fullest in planting fruits and vegetables as per the current season. Look after the plant until it grows and enjoy your own harvest with your family
Trash collection:You can go on an early morning walk with your child to spot for trash in the neighbourhood and collect them all, especially plastic, which poses a huge threat to the health of our planet. Once these wastes are collected, figure out an appropriate way to discard them. This activity will teach your child the importance of disposing waste in an ideal manner and also avoiding the use of plastic to a great extent
Separation of waste:We are habituated of dumping all our waste in to one bin. But we often don’t realise how that too has been causing harm to our environment. This activity will throw light on the fact that we must separate our dry and wet waste before disposing them off properly. This makes it easy for the waste management employees to dispose them off with care
Here are some Earth Day Facts that you can teach your children in order to raise their conscious level for seeking measures towards environment protection
- Since his election to the Senate in 1962, Nelson had been trying to convince lawmakers to establish an environmental agenda. But he was repeatedly told that Americans were not concerned about environmental issues. He proved everyone wrong when 20 million people came out to support the first Earth Day celebration and teach-in on April 22, 1970
- The reason why Nelson chose April 22 to be the day to celebrate World Earth Day was because he wanted more of college students to get involved in this movement. Since April brings spring break for the students, more of them could participate in the event
- In celebrations that included 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries, the focus of the millennial Earth Day celebration was climate change. This mass effort marked the first time that many people had heard of global warming and learned of its potential side effects
- In 2013, an Indian poet, Abhay Kumar wrote the official Earth Anthem to honour the planet. It has since been recording in all of the official United Nation languages including English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, and Chinese. Isn’t this a proud moment for us?
- To celebrate Earth Day in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network as part of their "Plant Trees Not Bombs" campaign. How thoughtful is that?
- On Earth Day in 2012, more than 1, 00,000 people rode bikes in China to raise awareness about climate change and show how people could reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save fuel by bypassing cars
- In 2016, more than 1 billion people in almost 200 countries around the world participated in Earth Day festivities where the theme of the celebration was 'Trees for the Earth,' with organizers hoping to focus on the global need for new trees and forests
These amazing fun facts will sure make your child smarted and urge him/her to take up the matters of our planet safety in his/her own hands right from today.
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