Earth Day began in 1970 which means that 2020 is the 50th year that we have taken April 22 to focus on the health of our planet. According to Earthday.org The day of recognition was started and organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin and became a global day of recognition in 1990.
With the issues of Global warming and Climate change becoming more prevalent in the headlines today, people are taking the situation more seriously and becoming involved in the community and Global initiatives to make changes in their own lives and in the world as a whole.
This year celebrate Earth day and use it as an opportunity to educate and connect with your family. There are a number of activities that can be done with those you are close to, that celebrate the cause and show the next generation how they can make a difference.
If your family is creative this is a great opportunity to create artwork that reflects the beauty of the world around us or use items from your trash or recycling bin to make something new. A sculpture from empty pop cans or a bird feeder from an empty bottle - use your imagination and come up with new ideas together. Notimeforflashcards.com has lots of great ideas to do with kids.
Maybe art isn't your thing but you love to be outdoors. Earth day is the perfect opportunity to get outside and take a hike, plant a tree or do some stargazing. Take time out to enjoy all the beauty that nature and our Earth offers us every day. Spend some time talking with your family and find out what their favourite outdoor activities are.
Why not spend the evening indoors and watch a documentary or movie together. National Geographic offers a large library of Nature and animal-based documentaries and series. The world is a great big place, most of us are not lucky enough to see it all in person so using the available mediums to learn and see as much as we can, will teach us all some lessons.
Take a look at your local listings and find out what types of events and courses are offered in your area. We are in London, ON and this is a list of the opportunities available in our area if you are nearby London Earth Day
No matter what your plans involve today, don't forget to take a moment to be grateful for this world we live in and all it provides to us.
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