Talk to our children about Earth Day. Let’s talk with our children about the history of this important day. And climate change in general! While it’s normal to want to protect children from hard truths, climate change is not a problem we can ignore, and hope will go away. It is important to talk to your children about this topic openly and honestly. Children absorb things like sponges, so it is important to talk to children in a way that they understand. It’s always best to break it down for them as simply as possible. However, there are certain things to keep in mind first.
Climate change is not a problem that we can ignore and hope will go away.
Do your research ahead of time; It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the facts before engaging in a conversation about it so that you can provide accurate information to your child. You can also investigate together!
Consider your age; Are they old enough to understand what climate change is?
See what they already know; They may have learned about it in school or heard someone talk about it. Ask them if they have ever heard of climate change and see what their response is. You will be surprised at what they say!
Important Earth Day Conversations to Have:
*Earth is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive.
*The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970; nearly 20 million people around the world focused on the land and committed to making it better.
*This is the 53rd Anniversary of Earth Day! Every year on April 22, more than 1 billion people from over 190 countries will focus on the earth and do something good for it, like picking up trash, planting vegetables, fruits, trees, and recycling.
Earth is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive.
Get ready for the feelings; Some complex and deep emotions can arise when children are faced with the effects that climate change has and will have on the planet. That is totally normal and understandable. Explore their feelings and ask them open questions. For example, ask them how they think climate change might affect their favorite animal. This might help them put some of those complex feelings into perspective.
Give them a reason to hope and participate; You never want to leave children feeling like all hope is lost, but you also don’t want to sugarcoat problems. Actively discuss solutions with them after addressing the issues, and be sure to include things that individuals and families can do. Follow up your conversation or conversations with a project, read a book, or go for a walk in nature.
Growing something from seed, gardening is a great way to teach children about the earth and help them learn where food comes from. Plant an herb, vegetable, legume, or fruit in an unused pot, recycled water bottle, or empty soup can, depending on what you choose. Some of the easiest things to grow include mint, pineapple, lettuce, tomatoes, and beans.
Fill the container with slightly moist soil, then create a small hole by pricking it with your finger, then add a seed. Place the seed inside the hole and cover it with a sprinkling of soil (don’t bury it too deep, or it won’t get enough light). Gently water the seed and place it in an area with good lighting. Place your seed in the yard or indoors near the strongest light. The best light for your seeds comes from the east, west, or south of your growing area, as these angles receive a lot of sunlight. Water your seed every time the soil dries up. Using a spray bottle may be the best option; when the seed is still growing, the sprout is fragile and will not be damaged. If you are using a recycled plastic water bottle, be sure to show your child the root system when it begins to appear. Explain that the root system draws water and nutrients from the soil. When the plant is big enough, transplant it into a larger container or take it outside and into the garden. Be sure to involve your child in all of this.
We need clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Make no mistake when we pollute the world, we are polluting ourselves.
Enjoy explaining Earth Day to your children, but remember that there are other ways to participate.
Use sustainable produce, shop for groceries at a farmer’s market, and shop secondhand. Try Meatless Monday. Every Monday, make something delicious plant-based and vegetarian or vegan. Cook with your children! Start with one meal and then add another and another. It is very important to protect our natural resources because we need them to live. We need clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Make no mistake, when we pollute the world, we are polluting ourselves. I encourage you to take Earth Day beyond April 22 and apply it throughout the rest of the year.
Don’t forget to spread the word. It’s important that we own up to the hype surrounding Earth Day and encourage everyone to do a little more all the time. Be verbal and visual! Get on social media, talk to your friends and neighbors, and don’t be afraid to give advice to your local schools or businesses. You can really make a difference by doing small acts. Did you know that skipping meat one day a week can reduce your annual carbon footprint by as much as not driving your car for an entire month? Let’s all work on the little things that can make BIG impacts!
Meatless Monday Campaign
El Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DRNA)
El Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Servicio de Parques Nacionales
Friends of San Juan National Historic Site
Del 22 al 30 de abril de 2023, es la Semana de los Parques Nacionales. Las tarifas de entrada no se aplicarán el 22 de abril de 2023. Los Parques Nacionales albergarán actividades y eventos durante toda la semana.