Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Celebrate Earth Day April 22, 2008

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22, it began as an environmental teach-in during the spring of 1970. There are many web pages dedicated to Earth Day on the web. However, my search for kid and teen friendly earth day pages brought several I would like to share.

 Keep America Beautiful has an amazing site with games, activities and news articles about what is happening in the United States. There is a huge campaign and it is not too late to be involved. The campaign spans from March 1 to May 31, 2008. See if you can find an activity for your classroom. In our neighborhood many families get out and clean up the sides of the road as part of this endeavor. A week or two later in the spring we have a Beach clean up that many people are involved in as well.

I found another page EcoKids from Canada. This site has games, colouring pages, activity starters and similarly is a great place to begin with small children and cleaning up our environment in small ways.

The international site that I would like to share is PlanetPals. They have gone commercial with tee-shirts and games, articles and similar environmental friendly activity starters for groups as well as classrooms. However, this organization has ties to 120 different countries.

When I searched for earth day activities for teens many of you will smile when I say I found it on a Ning site.
Connected to the teens is a site for eco-teachers .
Both of these sites are looking to bring teachers and students along to the environmentally friendly business ventures. It could be called problem based learning with benefits!

My final word, it has taken since 1970 for Green
to take hold of our collective attention. It has taken adults to be interested in Earth Day and the meaning of Earth Day, it has taken young people this long to grow up hearing about Earth Day and in some small way participating and now we are beginning to see countries being successful with their Green
philosophy and commitment. Businesses are committed to being Green
and successful. Do your part, share what Earth Day means to all of us! Celebrate Earth Day 2008.

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