Earth Day – How can you make a difference?

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Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on 22nd April to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide that is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.

On Earth Day, we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment and this needs to start from an early age by getting kids outdoors, learning, and interacting with nature and wildlife. Children need to have that connection with nature and it can be as simple as climbing trees, picking apples from a tree or going for regular bush walks, to the beach or your local park. Then once they have established that connection, you can build on it through relevant discussions and activities such as the ones we have listed below.

By including your child in every day, sustainable living practices, you are already leading by example and teaching them how to care for our earth.  There are many ways in which you can contribute to keep the planet clean and help protect our environment. Many people around the world are making simple daily pledges that make a difference. 

So what can you do?

It all starts within your family, setting an example to your kids.

Photo of litter on grass, bottles, cans and wrappers. Stock Photo - 129629201.  Reduce your personal garbage, especially the use of plastic.

2.  Eliminate use of pesticides and toxic cleaning products by changing to natural cleaners.

3.  Only use eco friendly, reusable containers for school lunches. 

4.  Always take your own reusable bags when you go shopping

5.  Buy fresh food from your local farmers market or organic delivery store. 

6.  Use a stainless steel water bottle, instead of using plastic water bottles. 

7.  Turn off all electricity when not using it. 

8.  Grow your own veggies & herbs and get the children to help grow their own food. 

9.  Compost all of your fruit and veggie scraps.

10.  Use recyclable material in art and art or use things found on the ground in nature. 

Conversations and tasks about how we can reduce our landfill is a normal part of our family’s ritual. Start having conversations with your children from a young age about the dangers of plastic and non-biodegradable rubbish that ends up in landfill for thousands of years.

Educate them through eco games and books that teach them about recycling and why it’s important to care for our planet.

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Get outdoors as much as possible and expose them to our wonderful natural world. Let them explore, collect and connect with our precious earth as only then can they truly appreciate its rare beauty.

If you see rubbish on the ground then pick it up! My daughter often brings her special rubbish bag to collect rubbish on the streets and put them in the bin. Join a local bush playgroup or kids outdoor activity! Eco Explorers runs bush playgroups in Melbourne that engage children in the outdoors. 

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