Around the World in 50 weeks, is a day early this week, so that we can unite world wide to celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd 2012. It is a day each year on which events are held globally to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth‘s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries . I have ten suggestions as to how you and your family might celebrate this year.
- There will be a huge gathering in the central mall in Washington DC. Join in solidarity with millions of others and celebrate our wonderful world.
- Visit a US National Park for free. Whether an urban site such as the Statue of Liberty in NYC or the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, to Yosemite and Zion, from 21 to 29 April, entry is free.
- Walk or bike to your nearest farmers market and buy fresh, local produce for a tasty organic Sunday dinner! Make this a family project.
- Dress in environmental colors for the day. Make and wear badges with your environmentally friendly views!
- With the World Wildlife Fund, stand with Brazil on Earth Day and say No to Forest Destruction!
- If you have never had the thrill of planting your own vegetable garden and enjoying your organic veggies, then spring is the perfect time to prepare your ground and start the first plantings.
- Go trash collecting in your neighbourhood!
- Research together as a family and consider joining one of the many wonderful environmental organizations. Either one locally, or with an international focus such as WWF or Born Free.
- Read some wonderful environmentally focused books as a family, both nonfiction and fiction. I have reviewed many here on this blog, which you can find by clicking on the tags in the sidebar. Otherwise, Apples for the Teacher has a great list of suggestions and activities.
- Do a load of washing with the kids and explain to them that If every US home switched washers from hot to warm/-cold, we could save energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil
Facts about Earth
Age: 4.6 billion years old (Life as we know it, has only existed on the planet for the last 150 million to 200 million years)
Position: 3rd planet from the sun.
Size: 5th largest planet in our solar system.
Diameter: The Earth has an average diameter of 12,742 kilometers. (7,926 miles)