Saturday, April 20, 2013

Everyday List for the Earth

It's not supposed to be necessary to wear long underwear for Earth Day outdoor activities in Northwest Arkansas in April, but it was good planning for our  activity  at Old High Middle School!  The chilly temperature did not lessen the excitement of the students as they moved to different activities on the front lawn of the school.

Our topic for the day was the Water Cycle and we had a lot of fun playing the Water Drop game to provide information about the importance of water and how we strive to recycle and protect our water supply.

If you're wondering how you may celebrate Earth Day everyday, here's the list we shared with the students:

  • Unplug electronics. Even though they aren't in use, electronics still use up energy if they're plugged in.
  • reuse bags you've been collecting whenever possible.
  • Pledge to cut down on buying bottles of water. Get a reuseable bottle!
  • Teach kids about reusing,reducing and recycling. Lessons today will turn to action tomorrow! Lead by example.
  • Turn off the lights! So easy to do--make it a habit when you leave a room.
  • Don't waste water. Be conscious of your water usage.
  • Change the light bulbs in your house to Compact Florescent Lights (CFls). You'll save energy and also money on your electric bill.
  • Plant a tree.
  • When running errands have your route planned ahead of time so you are not back tracking.
  • Compost. Reducing the amount of solid waste produced in a year means taking up less space in landfills. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer.
  • Maintain your car by keeping tire pressure right.
  • Drive smarter by slowing down. Take it easy on the gas pedal and brakes.

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