Family Matters: Make every Day Earth Day 2012!

[ 0 ] April 13, 2012 |

Earth Day will arrive, as it does every year, on April 22. And we all look forward to pitching in on special projects that crop up statewide in celebration and awareness. But shouldn’t every day be Earth Day, really? Here are some everyday things to do with the kidos to keep the holiday in our hearts all year ’round.

Small things every day that make a difference

– Keep our air clean – Walk or bike when you can, instead of driving.
– Save electricity – Turn off lights, appliances, and computers when not in use.
– Help the trees – Read books from the library. Recycle newspapers, magazines, and cardboard.
– Learn how to reuse and recycle the right way.

Easy ways to celebrate the Earth, no matter what day

– Read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
– Read The Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.
– Shop at a local thrift or second-hand store.
– Keep stuff out of landfills, see free and barter sections on Craigslist.
– Donate old toys, clothes, and furniture to a local organization.
– Watch Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
– Grab a bag and put on gloves: help clean up your local park or beach.
– Start a “Trash” box. Save cardboard tubes, selected broken toys, etc., for future projects.
– Make “Treasures from your Trash” with your kids – create a robot, a house, etc.
– Have kids design their own Earth Day Super Hero – draw it, sculpt it, build it with LEGOs.
– Take a walk in the woods.
– Have a picnic outside. Listen to the birds.

Local events:

– Attend the Party for the Planet at Roger Williams Park Zoo.
– Visit the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Tell us (click comments below) about your favorite everyday Earth Day activity or submit a local Earth Day event.

Read more on GoLocalProv. Every week I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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