As parents, our children look to us to have all the answers. Children learn through our examples, and the best gift we can give them is knowledge. One lesson should be instilling in our children the knowledge of being environmentally conscious through good habits, such as recycling, reusing, and reducing waste.
My family is my reason for seeking how I can be more environmentally friendly.
Find a creative way to celebrate our world — on Earth Day and every day. Begin by discussing WHY we should celebrate Earth Day, highlighting the fact that though it may seem like an overwhelming issue of saving the entire Earth, if we each do our part to chip in and pick up trash or plant a community garden, this will begin to help change our local environment.
This civic day of action reminds us that just by changing one habit — like recycling and remembering to put those reusable shopping bags in our cars — makes a difference.
I implore you to take some of these tips and use them with your family, to make sure my children and yours have a long healthy, life.
10 Ways to Be Environmentally Friendly
1. Unplug electronics when you are not using them.
2. Wash clothes in cold water. Hang-dry your clothes when you can.
3. Look for the Energy Star label when buying new appliances.
4. Winterize your home to prevent heat from escaping, and try to keep it cool in the summer without using your air conditioner.
5. Change to energy-efficient light bulbs.
6. Invest in reusable bottles and straws and less single-use plastic.
7. Advocate and vote for those who have the same views on the environment.
8. Sign up for the residential composting program in Fort Worth.
9. Recycle plastic bags at the grocery store. Many stores have bins designated for plastic bags at the entrance.
10. Create a recycling bin that can be decorated by the whole family. Use an old Amazon box and have them go crazy decorating it. Try to limit the glitter since most are created from microplastics that are not good for the environment. Use this as another way to educate on the reasons to recycle and reuse products.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Earth Day Celebration // April 20–23 // Earth Day is so much fun, the museum is turning it into a whole week! Join on Facebook Live for a new activity every day, starting on April 20. Tune in to learn about birds, snakes, turtles, light pollution, and a whole lot more!
The Dallas Arboretum’s Earth Day Celebration // April 24 // 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. // This festival features engaging learning experiences and special guest workshops, centered around celebrating the planet and learning how to take care of it for generations to come. Additionally, guests are invited to the main garden to explore Artscape, a juried fine art and fine craft show and sale, where more than 85 outstanding artists from around the country showcase and sell art in the garden. Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214-515-6615. No walk-ups are available for purchase. Masks are also required for the duration of the visit.
Restore Our Earth Day 2021 // The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off // April 24 // 9:00 –11:00 a.m. // Collect trash, clean up the shoreline of Grapevine Lake, and participate in other environmentally impactful projects. Volunteers must register to attend.