Happy Earth Day! In honor of Mama Earth, ditch the idea of simply wearing green or decorating a cake that looks like a globe. The real change is gonna require you to get messy. Try these activities that will dirty your hands (and maybe more).
- Tear up your schoolyard and plant a garden. Growing vegetables and fruit locally will reduce the fuel used to ship produce from foreign countries.
- Take a walk on a nature trail and bring a younger sibling with you (or go with your BFF and their bro or sis if you're an only child). According to a study from the International Journal of Behavorial Nutrition and Physical Activity, one-third of children spend less than an hour being active outdoors.
- Get your hands in the dirt and plant a tree. Trees soak up the carbon dioxide that we humans love to emit.
- Get rid of weeds the old-fashioned way – with your hands. Weed-killing sprays release harmful chemicals into the ecosystem.
- Find a marker or pen and draw the recycling symbol plus a stat about the environment on your body. This "temporary tattoo" is sure to draw awareness around Earth Day.
- Host a scavenger hunt and clean up litter in a public space. Teams can compete to find the most litter, giving different point values to plastic, metal, and other items.
- Clean out the dusty attic and donate the items. Instead of throwing unwanted possessions away, donate your books, clothes, and electronics to help those in need.
- Invite friends to walk to school and take a route off of the sidewalk (if you're able). Travel through the woods, field or some other unpaved place.
- Grab a hammer and build a bird house. Help preserve the bird population in your own backyard by hanging it on a nearby tree branch.
- Cut your shower time in half and encourage water conservation. If you're feeling really adventurous skip the shower all together. Just make sure to remember the deodorant.
- Carpool. You get extra time with your friends and you're helping the environment.
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