Earth is home to an incredibly diverse variety of flora and fauna. This week is Earth Week, and we want to share all of the ways you can celebrate the planet, and the wildlife that call it home. Each day you can take action, watch, or listen while social distancing and recognizing how awesome our world is!
There are activities you can do to help make our planet a better place, or just show your appreciation! Check out these fun action items and do your part on Earth Day:
Want to explore the Earth with the click of a mouse? Use Google Earth to go on a scavenger hunt across any continent. Search for wild animals or virtually “hike” around your favorite National Park.
The trash that is scattered throughout your neighborhood parks and streets has the potential to harm wildlife. Plastic bottles can get stuck on their head or fishing line wrapped around their limbs. You can help make your public spaces look beautiful and respect wildlife by picking up litter! Bring a pair of gloves and a waste bucket when you are walking your dog or taking a stroll at the park.
Explore the hashtag #QuarantineLifeCalm on Instagram for images that will remind you of all the reasons to stay calm during quarantine – the outdoors! Then, post your own picture of your favorite tree you walk by or reminisce about your last hike. Tag others and spread the calming feel of nature!
You can also join the #OutsideEverydayChallenge! This challenge is aimed at getting kids into the outdoors everyday. Their website hosts a ton of fun outdoor activities that teach your kiddos about nature and wildlife. Building an appreciation for our planet starts with knowledge! Take the pledge to get outside everyday here.
Carbon Footprint refers to the amount of Carbon gas you and your family’s activities emit into our atmosphere. This Carbon is a major contributor to climate change, so reducing it’s prevalence will help us begin to combat global warming. Most people’s actions add to overall Carbon emissions, but there is a lot you can do to cut down your usage and produce less carbon! Calculate yours by using this online calculator, and afterward you will get tips on how to reduce!
A good place to start to scaling back your Carbon Footprint is to have one meatless dinner every week. Find a few Earth conscious cooking recipes here.
Wildlife habitat is dwindling as human development expands. There are things you can do to provide more space for wildlife in your own backyard. For example, you can build a simple bird feeder, construct an insect hotel, or plant a tree.
If your backyard is already a haven for wildlife, think about playing some nature bingo! This fun game requires you explore until you find nests, bugs, and tracks. Get the whole family to play nature bingo!
Not only do Live Cams make you feel calmer, but you can also watch animal behavior and discover new species you have never seen in your own backyard before! Use these Live Cams to appreciate nature all from your living room.
The serene sound of David Attenborough’s voice will turn your #QuarantineLifeCalm up 100 points. Watch YouTube videos, documentaries, or movies like Avatar to get yourself thinking about all the beautiful places and diverse wildlife on Earth!
Join the students of Longmont as they discuss Climate Change in their own community.
WOW in the World is a kid’s podcast that allows you to learn about bats, worms, and other fun topics. These short listens that will get your kiddos excited about the Earth!
Want to learn more about how environmental and health crises are linked? Dive into this FutureEarth webinar happening on Earth Day (April 22) and listen to many topics related to COVID-19 and Climate Change.
*Our friends and Wild Night auction donors at the Downtown Boulder Partnership have also created a fun website with activities for kids in lieu of their Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival event that they host annually. Click here to check it out!