“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall’s message of peace and hope has touched countless lives and minds, inspiring people across the globe to take action to make our world a better place. This is true especially among young people, who through the Roots and Shoots program strive to make a positive difference in their communities. For decades she has remained a steadfast voice for Africa’s threatened great apes, amazing beings who are unable to speak up for themselves, and has been a lifelong advocate for living green. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of her supporters for generations to come!
I quote Jane Goodall in this blog entry today because it is Earth Day! April 22nd is a very special day out of the year to remind ourselves that caring for the earth is important. How exactly do you care for the earth? Well, to begin, we have to become less apathetic.
How can we do that? Well you can start by learning about the environment. Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Borrow some library books from the Naperville Public Library and read up on an issue such as pollution, endangered species, clean water, recycling, climate change, and vegetarianism. Or, learn about a region you've never considered before, like the Arctic, the deserts, or the rainforests. Think about the issues that concern you the most and educate yourself on how you can make a difference. You may also conduct a search on sustainable living to find guides with simple, practical suggestions that anyone can put into action, such as participating in Meatless Monday, a now a popular international movement that is a simple and effective way to help animals, go green, and become healthier.
Another way to care for our earth is to teach children and others that every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don't restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. And put it into practice - every day!
In addition, why not celebrate with a fun craft that is made from recycled materials? This craft is perfect for children ages 3-7!
· Toilet paper roll
· Cardboard from a cereal box or green cardstock
· Markers, crayons, or paint
Step 1: Make the tree trunk. Cut two 1/2 inch slits in the tube, one on each side (this is where you will insert the paper treetop).
Step 3: If your cardboard is not green, color it using green crayons, markers, or paint.
Step 4: When you are done coloring the treetop, add decorations to the tree if you like.
To turn your tree into a fruit tree, paint fruit on it or cut out small colored paper circles and glue them onto the treetop. You can draw some red dots to make an apple tree if you would like!
Step 5: Insert the treetop into the slits in the tube. You now have your own free-standing tree to help you celebrate Earth Day!