Today is earth Day! In fact, 2014 is 44 years that we are celebrating the modern movement of environmental protection. I thought I‘d put together some fun Earth Day Facts and Activities to help celebrate the national holiday.
Earth Day Facts
- On the first Earth Day in 1970, more than 20 million people participated!
- Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the end of that year.
- Although Earth Day originated in the United States, it went global in 1990 and by 2000, more than 180 countries participated.
- Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
Earth Day Activities
- Gardening- Plant trees, herbs, or wild flowers with the family. Here is How to Make a Wine Cork Garden. You can also make Recycled Plastic Bottle Planter Pots
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Be sure to teach your kids everyday about recycling glass, paper, and plastic. Don’t forget to take your reusable bags to the grocery store!
- Get Crafty- Upcycled old things into something new! Here are some creative ideas:
- Clean up! Clean up! – Teach children about littering, walk around a park, beach, or neighborhood and clear it of litter.
- Get Educated- Take the kids to the local library and learn about recycling, climate change, pollution, or endangered species.
How will you celebrate Earth Day?