Earth Day for kids: Learning about its history and significance

Earth is an amazing place to live in. Earth can be full of so many wonders. And do we really take a moment to appreciate our wondrous Earth. Do we really take a moment to explain to our kids the significance about recycling and its benefits to the Earth? Do we really discuss with our kids the many plastic bags that end in rivers, oceans, and contaminate our Earth?

Planet Earth on a Leaf

Not to mention the pollution that has been accumulating for centuries. Or the fact that recycling programs are now beginning to take predominance than just filling up the waste landfills. Research now states that even cell phones and computers can create ewaste. But not all is lost.

One man saw the vision to take care of the Earth on a very special day: Earth Day. This day is by far the most meaningful day to celebrate how humanity takes care of the environment. What a wonderful message to teach our kids about the importance of Earth Day.

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.”

Gaylord Nelson from Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: the making of the modern environmental movement.

Mr. Gaylord Nelson, senator from Wisconsin, was involved and created the Earth Day movement in 1970. His vision for a better environment took effect in April 22, 1970. On that day, communities, schools, and anyone that wanted to improve the Earth was able to do something. On this day, anyone that believed that the Earth could be saved one small step at a time was involved. From recycling to picking up trash at local parks to planting a garden, Earth day was celebrated.

But what better way to celebrate this great day than to educate our children about the importance of Earth Day. That’s why I was committed to plant a garden with my daughter on this very special day. We wanted to give something back to the Earth by planting our little Lima bean and other plants to improve our environment. And in this way, we took the pledge to help spread the good news about Earth Day. Will you join us?

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day? 

Do you plan to attend any local events?

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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