Saturday, April 22nd marks Earth Day 2023, and while we’re not limiting our pledge to live a little greener to a single day a year, it marks a great opportunity to teach our kids about living sustainably. (And, perhaps, in a more fun way than, “Hey, throw that in the recycling bin, not the floor!” convo we have most of the year.)
Need a refresher on what Earth Day even is? Well, it’s been 53 years since the world’s first Earth Day in 1970, which kicked off a righteous revolution and a collaborative mission for all citizens of the world to rise up, champion “creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future,” according to EarthDay.Org. Meeting these lofty goals doesn’t happen in one day, and it surely hasn’t happened in 53 years. But it’s a benchmark that we can keep working towards with consistent lifestyle changes and choices that are active and evolving instead of one-off fixes.
So, whether you color yourself a regular old conservationist, have a green thumb or are simply looking to teach your kids something about environmental sustainability (or all three!), there are tons of ways to get involved. From taking care of plants and taking Earth-preserving pledges, to committing to cleanups and recycling/upcycling toys and clothes, creating big change in our world starts small.
Read on for some of the best Earth Day activities for kids.