Celebrate Earth Day

Plus 12 ideas for easy Earth-friendly practices for your family to follow

By Laura Miller, Macaroni KID April 22, 2022

Celebrated worldwide every year on April 22, Earth Day is a day all about protecting our environment by thinking globally while acting locally. Earth Day also marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This is a great day to assess your families impact on the environment and think about what small changes you can make to help the Earth. 

Read more about the history of this 52 year old celebration of our big blue planet

Take a peek below for lots of ideas to inspire your family to celebrate Earth Day April 22 and the small changes your family can make every day to help the Earth plus some fun DIY nature crafts you can make with your kids.

 Celebrate Earth Day - Every Day

Celebrate Earth Day EVERY day by doing just a few things that are easy for you and your family, but will have a big impact when we all follow these good Earth-friendly practices:

At home:

  • Buy dry goods in bulk, since they typically use less packaging.
  • Start seeds and map out a family garden, or sign up for a CSA to cut down on the carbon footprint of your grocery bill.

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  • Work on ways to reduce food waste, including meal planning, storing items properly, finding new ways to use leftovers, and preserving food you can’t use fast enough by freezing, canning, or dehydrating.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room and shut off the water when you’re not using it.

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  • Take a hike and enjoy being in nature. Bring a pair of gloves and a bag so you can pick up any trash you find along the way.
  • Start a compost bin to use in your garden and flowerbeds.
  • Make or buy a rain barrel and use the water you collect to water your plants.
  • Learn about invasive species in your area and what you can do to help.

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At school:

  • Find out what your school currently recycles and if there is anything else you can add.
  • Talk with your school about alternative recycling programs that accept snack bar wrappers, juice pouches, and even offer fundraising options.

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