Here at Tribe Azul, we have always loved Earth Day. We love the idea of everyone around the World coming together and acknowledging the importance of protecting and preserving our planet. This Earth Day we want to take time to educate our children, to help them better understand the difference they can make every day to make the Earth a better place.
Our planet is an amazing place and unfortunately, it needs our protection. That’s why each year on April 22, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day and advocate for the protection of the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, we’re making our world a safer, healthier place to live.
Raising earth-conscious kids is so important. We need to show children that there is nothing normal or acceptable about the state of the planet. If we want to continue to inhabit this planet in the ways we’ve become accustomed to, we need to take steps to keep our environment safe and clean.
Teaching children about protecting the planet also instills in them important life lessons and values such as empathy, community, compassion; that there is something greater than themselves and their own immediate ‘world’.
Whether it is in the backyard, a community garden, with a great local nonprofit, or part of an event, get outside this Earth Day! Kids love to play outside and being out in nature has benefits for the whole family.
Taking the time to teach the younger generations earthly values will help ensure that they are left with an Earth that is still a beautiful place to live and raise a family of their own. It is important for everyone but especially children to grasp that the Earth is in need of our support for its protection.
Change starts with action. So join the billion of green actions that will be happening across the planet this Earth Day. From students in classrooms to organizers in their communities to officials in government there are ways for anyone of any background to make a difference. Start small and go big — or start big and stay big. Either way, keep coming back, keep taking action and join the movement to change the world on this Earth day 2021, and in the years to come as well.
Sometimes it’s easy to push the simple tasks aside, but those little habits over time can make the biggest difference in the longevity of our planet. Here are a few small acts that we think can really make a big impact.
Learn about recycling and participate in it by recycling your garbage. Have your kids help with this by setting aside the cans, bottles, and newspapers that need to be recycled.
Clean up trash in your neighborhood and remember never to litter. If you are out walking with your kids, bring a grocery bag to collect the trash that you see. Or, make a planned activity and gather trash in an area that is very messy.
Plant a tree each year. Here at Tribe Azul, we have partnered with One Tree Planted to address the global effects of deforestation. We pledge to plant one tree for every purchase made on our site. Within your family, you can set the goal to plant one tree each year and grow from there.
Use less water. Don’t let the water run for long periods of time. Turn it off when brushing your teeth. Take shorter showers. Don’t run the sprinklers during the hottest hours of the day.
Grow a garden! Feed your family this summer from your garden.
Protect and preserve natural wildlife in your area. Do not litter or walk in areas where there are no trails.
Produce less garbage. Use reusable bags and containers instead of disposable ones. See if you can pack garbage-free lunches.
Walk or ride your bike instead of driving to locations close to your home. This causes less pollution and is a great way to get some exercise!
Donate things you do not use to charity. This is another form of recycling!
Plant wildflowers that are native to your area. This helps to restore the local wildlife.
Turn off the lights when you leave the room. During the day, open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
This Earth Day please take the time to start a conversation about environmental stewardship. Teaching kids about the need to preserve and protect our environment can be a process that is fun and educational for everyone involved.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” - Nelson Mandela.