We’re celebrating Earth Day with our little ones this Saturday, April 22nd, to inspire a love of our planet and a desire to protect it. One day it will be theirs after all. We’ve rounded up some family and planet-friendly ideas for celebrating Earth Day and introducing our kids to environmental conservation.
1. Plant a vegetable garden
By planting our own veggies we can reduce CO2 emissions from the transportation of produce. Kids also love to dig and watch things grow. Peas and beans are a good choice for little ones with limited patience because they have quick upward growth. If you lack space, consider looking into a community garden in your area.
2. Plant a tree
More trees in the ground mean less carbon dioxide in the air. One tree can absorb 48 pounds of CO2 each year! Plus, planting is a great activity to do as a family outdoors. Head to Mahon Park in North Vancouver where supplies will be provided to plant trees and remove invasive plant species on Earth Day.
3. Create a playdough earth
It can be hard to communicate the importance of environmentalism to a 3-year-old. Playdough can help. Make your own playdough and dye it blue and green. Then while you form a planet with your tot, talk about how everyone lives on this one planet and why we need to protect it.
4. Enjoy a candlelit picnic
Our kids love any excuse for a picnic. Make one extra special this Earth Day by turning out all the lights and illuminating your living room with candles. Just be sure to have the flames a safe distance from flailing arms and any fabric. Spread out a blanket and eat a selection of locally sourced, sustainable foods.
5. Watch Planet Earth
We know this one uses electricity, but the first step in being a good environmental citizen is appreciating nature. This documentary beautifully captures the extraordinary planet we live on and shows the nature of ecosystems and how they are challenged. Remember to turn out the lights when you turn on the TV!
6. Go for a Walk
We are lucky to live in one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. Go for a family walk in one of our local forests or on the beach. Try to point out plants and animals and talk about how they rely on each other and their environment to survive. If the kiddos run through the trees before you get a word out at least they will be enjoying nature!
7. Celebrate with others
Party for the Planet is British Columbia’s largest Earth Day celebration is in Surrey where there will be over 80 booths of activities and 20,000 fellow earth lovers. Head to Surrey City Hall Plaza on April 22nd and join the party! Saturday, April 22nd, Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, Cost: Free
8. March with pride
Since 2011, Vancouverites have flocked to Commercial Drive for the Annual Earth Day Celebration, March, and Festival. This year’s parade will begin at Commercial and Broadway at 1 pm and the festival will continue at Grandview Park from 2 pm–5 pm. Saturday, April 22nd, 1 pm – 5 pm, Commercial & Broadway to Grandview Park, Vancouver.
9. Experience interactive fun
The 2017 theme for Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge is “Back to Nature”. This eco-inspired, all ages event includes the Family Freecycle, arts & entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, a special Haney Farmers Market, electric vehicles, a Food Truck Festival and more. For details, visit the “Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge” Facebook Page or www.mrearthday.ca Saturday, April 22nd, 10 am – 2 pm, Memorial Peace Park, 11900 224 Street, Maple Ridge
10. Get up close and personal with nature
At the Earth Day Tea and Tours at UBC Botanical Garden, you can discover the UBC Botanical Gardens world-renowned collections of maple trees and explore Canada’s national tree family. Enjoy free hourly tours from 11 am – 3 pm and taste teas collected from the garden. Saturday, April 22nd, 11am-3pm, UBC Botanical Gardens, 6804 Marine Dr SW, Vancouver
The Earth is an amazing place and worth celebrating, especially with the small people who will inherit it. For more acts of green visit the Earth Day Network.
By: Alex Cubitt