“We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; We Borrow it from our Children.” – Anonymous-
Hey all you wonderful people out there. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share small ways that you can help take care of our earth. I know a lot of people take certain measures but sometimes we all need a little reminder to take extra steps and make conscious decisions. So many people go through their day, week, month year not being conscious of the effect their actions are taking on our planet. No judgement here, I only started becoming more conscious about it in the last 4 years or so. We all have to start somewhere and take baby steps towards making more conscious decisions. So, here are a few steps that I do to make sure I lesson my foot print.
- Reduce/Reuse/Recycle– There are several things you can do to help in this way. You can reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable water bottle or using reusable bags for your shopping trips. You can also reduce by using reusable cloth napkins or buying in bulk. Many cities make it easy to recycle by supplying the bins and coming by to pick it up. Even if they don’t you can buy your own bins and drop it off yourself. A little more work but worth it.
- Plant a tree or garden-Plants make things beautiful, provide shade and/or food, provide us with oxygen and help reduce toxins so plant something you like and reap the benefits. We are working at being successful gardeners. This year we have some lettuce, tomato and a pumpkin growing.
- Turn off the lights-Easy, when you leave the room, turn off the light. During the day open up the shades and let the natural light in so you don’t have to use electricity. Little steps add up!
- Walk– Save a little money, gas and air pollution by walking or riding a bike if you can. *Bonus… you get a little exercise too!
- Whats on your plate-What the majority of people don’t realize is what they decide to have on their plate majorly effects the environment. I’m not a huge activists, I am happy I am doing my part, but I have to mention that everyone needs to watch the film Cowspiracy . It is an environmental documentary that uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. You can watch it for free on Netflix and read about it in the book. I know realistically everyone is not going to stop eating meat, dairy and eggs, but could you reduce the amount you eat?
Another great thing to do is start teaching your children the little things they can do to help. They already have a love of nature so start early and teach them to be mindful and compassionate of our earth. Here are some fun activities that can help teach your children the importance of taking care of our home. I love The Lorax and the message it portrays so we will be reading the book, watching the movie and doing some of those activities, as well as some of the others linked below.
- Seussville.com has a whole section called the Lorax Project where they have free printable’s that will help get your child thinking about the environment. Here they have a classroom tool kit, info on ways to share what you are doing with others, activity sheets and recommended books. The Lorax movie and book are a great way to expose kids to ways that we are being environmentally destructive. We will be watching the movie, reading the book, doing the craft/snack idea on #5 and discussing it.
- Surf Sweets has a downloadable Earth Day facts for kids printable here.
- Rhythms of Play and Montessori Nature have some wonderful activities for kids.
- I have also created a board on my pinterest page. Click here to see.
- Here is a craft/snack idea for the kids.
Make it fun and they will enjoy doing it. We have volunteered a couple times with Galveston Surfrider Foundation on their beach cleanup days, we include the kids and make a fun bucket and they love helping. Everytime we go to the beach or park they are picking up trash, and also getting upset when they see people litter. Kids love to be included, so get them involved.
Adding plant based meals to your diet is not only good for the environment, but also for your health. Here are some yummy plant based recipes you can add to your weekly meal planning.
- Over Night Oats– Simple, inexpensive, and yummy!
- Smoothies– Great for packing in those super foods. Good for on the go to.
- Sweet Potato Lasagna– This is a must try. I made this to take to a potluck and everyone loved it. The Minimalist Baker Blog has a ton of delicious mostly plant based recipes. Check it out.
- 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta– This one is so simple and delicious. Kid and hubby approved. Great for busy nights.
- Cuban Black bean and cilantro rice bowl w/ baked plantains– I have not tried this one from but it looks so yummy. On my menu in the near future.
- Here is a link to my Veg meals pinterest board where you can find other yummy plant based recipes. I have tried most of them and will be trying others in the near future. Follow my page there to keep up with more recipes I like.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. Remember make small changes. It adds up and does make a difference. Make Earth Day everyday!