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Family Matters: 18 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day

Monday, April 16, 2012

 

Earth Day will arrive, as it does every year, on April 22. And we all look forward to pitching in on special projects that crop up statewide in celebration and awareness. But shouldn't every day be Earth Day, really? Here are some everyday things to do with the kidos to keep the holiday in our hearts all year 'round.

Small things every day that make a difference

• Keep our air clean – Walk or bike when you can, instead of driving.
• Save electricity – Turn off lights, appliances, and computers when not in use.
• Help the trees – Read books from the library. Recycle newspapers, magazines, and cardboard.
• Learn how to reuse and recycle the right way.

Easy ways to celebrate the Earth, no matter what day

• Read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
• Read The Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.
• Shop at a local thrift or second-hand store.
• Keep stuff out of landfills, see free and barter sections on Craigslist.
• Donate old toys, clothes, and furniture to a local organization.
• Watch Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
• Grab a bag and put on gloves: help clean up your local park or beach.
• Start a “Trash” box. Save cardboard tubes, selected broken toys, etc., for future projects.
• Make “Treasures from your Trash” with your kids – create a robot, a house, etc.
• Have kids design their own Earth Day Super Hero – draw it, sculpt it, build it with LEGOs.
• Take a walk in the woods.
• Have a picnic outside. Listen to the birds.

Local events to watch for this year

• Attend the Party for the Planet at Roger Williams Park Zoo.
• Visit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Anisa Raoof is the publisher and founder of Kidoinfo, the parents' guide for Rhode Island and beyond.

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