While student learning about the environment occurs throughout the year at EMS, Earth Day is a great reminder of the power of a focused effort to produce political action and change. It continues to be a day for teaching and learning about our environment and pledging actions to improve it.
Science Department Chair Jane Zagajeski suggests three ways your family can celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at home:
- Dive into Recycling: Look up your city or town’s guidelines for recycling. Are you doing it? Are you doing it correctly? If not, this is a great time to organize a system that will help your household recycle as much as possible. Organize a recycling sculpture building festival with your child. What can you create from your recycling bin?
- Change a Shopping Habit: We have all made significant changes to our daily routines in the past month and many of us are exploring different ways of buying things we need. Consider an environmentally friendly change, such as supporting a local organic farm by ordering produce, ordering shade-grown coffee to protect bird habitats, or investigating cleaning products that come with minimal packaging. Allow your child to help you come up with ideas and decide on a shopping switch to commit to.
- Create a Better Habitat: If you have a yard or a balcony that allows potted plants, you can help improve wildlife habitat! Start small by providing native plants for native pollinators like bees and butterflies. Research what type of plants or seeds to buy with your child and plant them together.