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Why Earth Day Matters

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Every April 22nd, beginning in 1970, people around the world celebrate our planetary home. I don't really remember ever doing much to celebrate the day, except maybe planting a tree at school as a child. I'm changing that for my kids- I marked it on the calendar and will begin our own traditions to enjoy and show appreciation for nature. Why is Earth Day important?

Well, it kind of matters that we have this amazing planet on which to exist. I don't think any of the other planets out there are move-in ready. I'm sure you've heard the Native American proverb, "We do not inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from out children." When you stop and think about it, that really is a profound statement: it's our job- everyone taking in oxygen and leaving their footprints- to keep this beautiful place as intact as we can for the future inhabitants. Our children...our grandchildren...our children's grandchildren... Everyone that has yet to come into this world deserves as nice of an Earth as we are currently lucky enough to call "home". In choosing to raise our families in a natural and holistic way, we are choosing health for the Earth.

By living an "attachment parenting lifestyle", we are not only being more gentle on our little ones but also leaving a lighter footprint on the planet.

  This designated calendar day is the perfect time to implement some positive eco-conscious changes and put some environmental love out there. New traditions, celebrations and habits are totally fun for kids so start teaching them to be kind to nature now! Building it in to your daily life at home will instill a value of living "green" that will become totally natural to your children and this is what will keep our Earth healthy.

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Here are some simple ideas for raising little tree huggers:


-Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle: Talk about the importance of using less, re-using what we have and recycling what we can. Place an empty smaller bin next to your regular kitchen garbage can for recyclables- make it easy for kids to help.


- Cut down on paper products: Use cloth napkins and rags when you can 


-Enjoy nature every day: Make checking the weather part of your morning. Talk about our environment. See and explore outdoors. Stop, sit and listen to the sounds for a few minutes then talk about the sounds of nature.


-Plant seeds: It's so fun for kids to experience the growth of a seed and watch a plant's progress. Plant some flowers. Grow a garden.


-Plan a nature scavenger hunt: Make a list or pictures of different objects found easily out in your backyard or park. Give them a bag and their list and explore away! Use a magnifying glass to examine and talk about your findings.


-Practice conservation:  t's good practice for everyone at home to turn off lights and water when not in use.


-Feed the birds: Make a birdfeeder and supply it with birdseed- fun to prepare and exciting to watch the birds feast away!


-Conserve gasoline: If you're going somewhere close enough to walk or bike, do it! Make it a fun adventure (safely, of course).


In the same way that we teach them to respect themselves and others, we should include nature and living things- kindness for all. By living a life in which we appreciate our Earth and all her awe-inspiring beauty, our children will learn to be eco-conscious adults.

  

Happy Earth Day/Week/Month (because...we should try to live "green" every day!)

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About the Author
Sara Sites
Author: Sara Sites
Sara lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and sons. Passionate about the inherent strength and beauty of womanhood, she seeks to develop within herself and share with others through her interests in fertility, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, parenting and holistic living. Sara stays busy laughing and learning with her boys while supporting and encouraging moms, babies and families as a La Leche League leader, doula and leader of various groups and workshops through her business, Full Circle Doula Care.

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