Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Children
“The earth laughs in flowers,” said the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Ditch Plastic Objects.
Plastic is everywhere! And it is affecting our animals and especially our oceans. We are so accustomed to using a wide range of plastic objects that we might not even know where to start in eliminating them from our lives. On Earth Day, start with one simple action, such as having a picnic with reusable utensils. Ask your children for their ideas and suggestions of how to cut back on plastic. For example, help them to be mindful of carrying reusable bags and bottles or refusing a plastic straw at a restaurant. Make a list together as a family and then implement your ideas over time.
Read an inspirational book to your children or watch a movie together that honors the earth. Even better, celebrate with a community or do your own ritual with your loved ones such as writing a letter or a prayer in which they send good wishes to the planet. Connect with your compassionate and loving heart. Guide your children to use their imagination to visualize the planet and all living beings thriving. Finally, join a green organization or take a pledge to protect our wild animals and our natural resources. Check out the National Geographic Society or the World Wildlife Fund, where you can make a symbolic “species adoption” that contributes to their conservation efforts.
By now, you might realize that these steps are things that you and your family can do on a regular basis, some even daily. Maybe you are already do. If so, I bow to you in gratitude. The beauty is that if all of us take a pledge or make a commitment to make simple changes that can benefit the earth and its living beings, together, we can all make a difference to honor and heal our planet.