- Don’t litter - nature is not a garbage can, it’s home to many living beings beside ourselves. But take it one step further - schedule a day where you as a family take a walk down your street or around your block or in favourite park and pick up any trash you see (especially helpful this time of year when the snow melts). Maybe you’ll even inspire your neighbours or extended family members to do the same!
- Recycle! We save so many resources by reusing materials. Teach your child to look for the triangle before throwing something in the garbage.
- Turn out lights and unplug chargers when you’re not using them. We are using up the earth’s resources to keep up with power demands and if it’s for something we’re not even using, we are draining the resources for no reason. Programming your thermostat falls into this category as well.
- Don’t waste water - for the same reason as above.
- Fuel emissions are not good for humans, animals or nature. Teach your child how we can reduce them by walking or riding your bicycle when possible. It’s good for our bodies too!
- Plant a tree, and teach your child how to grow plants and food. Show them how eating foods grown closer to home helps both our planet and us. You can also join us at Kids Trading Company on Earth Day to plant a sunflower!
Lorax and Ferngully are both great movies to help younger children understand what happens when you don’t take care of your environment. For the older children you can watch “An inconvenient truth” together and you can also find lots of resources online, like on YouTube.