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Show Love to Mother Earth this Earth Day

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What will you do to show some love to Mother Earth this Monday? That’s right, Monday, April 22, 2013, marks the 43rd Earth Day – a day that has inspired people across the globe to engage in more than a billion acts of environmental goodness in the last two years alone!

This year’s theme is The Face of Climate Change. What’s the big deal about climate change? Check out this video by our oldest tender sapling for his summary of the issues.

Everyone can do something to spread green love on our planet this Monday or this weekend if that’s easier! You can keep it simple and stay home to:

  • plant a sapling
  • sow seeds in your vegetable garden or patio planters
  • work on your compost bin
  • do the 3R boogie (reduce, reuse, recycle)
  • read a book about Wangari Maathai, whose Green Belt Movement planted over 50 million trees across deforested areas of Kenya and who was the first environmentalist to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize, or
  • take a hike. If you’re in the United States this coming week, consider taking advantage of the annual free admission to over 400 U.S. national parks during National Park Week from April 22-26, 2013.

Cast your net a little wider by supporting your local Earth Day events. Or go global in your impact by donating to the Canopy Project – each dollar plants a tree in an impoverished place on our planet, helping protect the earth from soil erosion and so much more. Help the Canopy Project plant 10 million trees over the next five years. Green-lovin’ Jaden Smith, 14-year-old son of Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, introduces this Earth Day Network project in this video.

Finally, celebrate with your tender saplings whatever you did so they know how important and appreciated their efforts are. Kindness, respect, and responsibility to the earth are wonderful virtues to cultivate in your little ones. Give them hugs on behalf of Mother Earth and find a creative way to thank them.

Here’s a fun crafty activity that helps them enjoy growing something green right on their windowsill. This is an idea from the activity tag that comes with all our Tender Sapling line of textile products.

Sprout a Seed!

Caring for wheatberry grass.

Caring for wheatberry grass.

As your child grows, she (or he) will develop a more sophisticated awareness of her place in the world and take greater responsibility for her choices and actions. Celebrate the growth of your child by helping her plant a seed and nurture its growth. Sunflowers are easy to grow and yield nice big leaves. Or try this indoors any time of year:

  • Decorate a small metal or ceramic pot with paints, markers, stickers, or ribbons.
  • Fill the bottom of the pot with stones.
  • Add potting soil to near the top of the pot.
  • Sprinkle wheatberry seeds (available at natural food stores) generously on the soil.
  • Cover with a little bit more soil and moisten.
  • Place in the sun and spray or lightly water every day, keeping it moist.
  • Watch the “grass” grow within a few days!
  • Kids love giving their grass a haircut with scissors. Have fun! Grow noble!

What will you do for Earth Day? What are ways you cultivate or celebrate sustainability in your children?

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Author: Emily

Emily is homeschooling mama to three amazing boys, whose alarming growth and appetites keep her running laps to the grocery store. She writes about loving life amidst the piles of laundry and legos. When life is just too much, she binges on chocolate and plans a dream trip around the world.

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