Early Day 2021 is approaching, and there are endless educational, fun, and accessible ways to contribute to environmental preservation efforts as a family.
While this global effort to protect our planet is always important, this year, more than ever before, we need to come together with a common goal. The purpose of this event is to drive meaningful action for our planet in terms of climate action, conservation, and restoration, ending pollution, and addressing environmental equity, among other pressing issues.
Because as the world begins to reopen and things start to return to some semblance of normalcy, we need to remember that we cannot go back to business as usual where the planet is concerned. If we don’t take steps to protect and fix our earth, there may never be a “normal” again. This is why the theme of Earth Day 2021 — Restore Our Earth™ — and embracing family-friendly Earth Day activities are more crucial than ever before.
You know the saying, “go big or go home,” and this year, Earth Day is going big, with not one day, but three days of events, summits, panels, speeches, workshops, and global shows.
While many of these events will be virtual given the current global health crisis, there are tons of opportunities to tune in, participate, get educated, engage in meaningful conversation, and of course, have fun with your family.
This year, from April 20th — 22nd, world leaders, environmental experts, and activists will host Earth Day events both virtually and in person. The event’s goal is to bring people together to prevent coming disasters of climate change and prevent environmental destruction.
The event will kick off with a global youth summit, including panels and discussions with some of today’s youth climate activists, such as Greta Thunberg. There will also be a Hip-Hop Caucus as a part of the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit.
The 3-day event will wrap up with a live digital event occurring parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit.
All of these events will be available to stream online to help educate, mobilize and empower people around the world to help restore and protect the planet. In addition, there are countless opportunities to get involved in helping the earth in your own community, in your own backyard, and even in your living room.
So, if you’re looking for ways to get your family involved in Earth Day celebrations, we’ve got you covered. Here are some fun activities to help you focus on our planet and how we can create a better future.
Go for a hike
Getting outside and active together is one of the best ways to celebrate the planet, appreciate the nature around you, and get moving as a family.
Ride bikes through a local park
If hiking isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t have many hiking trails nearby, then a bike ride through local neighborhoods or park is fun for the whole family.
Attend a local Earth Day event
You can search for local events to attend while staying socially distanced and wearing a mask, of course. And if an in-person event is not for you, there are tons of virtual options as well, including panels and workshops hosted by some of the top environmental experts in the world.
Spend a day gardening together
Buy some seeds and plant a garden together in your yard. No yard? No problem, you can always use indoor pots to plant an herb garden or beautiful flowering plants to brighten up your space and help you learn about plant life and how things grow.
Volunteer for a local park or beach cleanup effort
Volunteer in your community to help clean up the neighborhood. Pick up trash at a local park or participate in a beach cleanup project.
Do an Earth Day crafting project with your kids
This stained-glass planet earth is so beautiful to create and beautiful to display in your window, plus it’s easy to make and only requires a few supplies: blue and green tissue paper, wax paper, and glue.
Bake Earth Day cookies
This recipe is fun and shockingly simple to execute, even for those of us who are baking-challenged. Plus, they’re a delicious excuse to talk about the planet.
Invest in reusable water bottles
You can even decorate each bottle and personalize them for every member of your family with stickers or permanent markers.
Make a bird feeder for your home
For animal lovers, Earth Day is a great time to build a DIY bird feeder and watch as birds dig in. You can get very craft and make an elaborate feeder or keep it as simple as you want, but no matter what you create, watching birds flock to your feeder is watching Mother Nature at its best.