On April 22, 1970, the very first Earth Day was officially celebrated. Since that day 45 years ago, the initial fight for a better environment that began as a small national pool of 85 individuals has grown into a global force of 5,000 environmental groups in 184 countries.
If your class is interested in joining the fight for a better environment, here are a few suggestions to get their creative juices flowing:
- Ask them to sign the EarthDay.org Climate Petition. This international petition is an active voice for millions across the globe to demand the elimination of carbon in our environment. The best part is that students can access the petition online and the form only takes a few minutes to complete.
- Invite students to partake in building a class compost at school or even one at home. Composting is a fun activity that teaches children about the importance of conservation, and it’s a fast and easy way for them to make a difference.
- Build a pizza box solar oven. This solar oven requires only a few supplies to get cooking, and within minutes you can use it to heat and serve small snacks such as s’mores and leftover pizza.
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Invite students to log their own Earth Day contributions at home, and offer rewards for the most accomplished each week. Activities can include:
- Turning off the water while brushing their teeth.
- Encouraging their family to go meatless one day a week.
- Creating separate waste bins at home: one for trash, one for recycle and one for compost.
- Walking or riding a bicycle with family instead of driving.
Make small changes in the classroom to encourage conservation. Activities can include:
- Keeping doors closed to conserve heat or air.
- Having recycling bins available for the disposal of paper and bottles (Win one for your school here!).
- Electing an “energy officer” in your last class of the day to ensure that all computers, tablets and printers are turned off.
Earth Day is a great opportunity for students to learn about the changing environment and why their help is needed to make a difference. We hope these ideas will help you introduce your students to fun ways to make their world a little greener!
Share with us some the activities you have planned for your class on Earth Day. We’d love to hear your ideas.