Earth Day 2021 - Restore Our Earth


Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd of April. It was first celebrated in 1970 as an international protest. It was founded by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson. And yet, we still need to protest and create an awareness of looking after our planet, even more so today! What are you doing in your home and community for Earth Day


Earth Day in 2021 (https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/) is having three days of awareness and activities.


There are many ways in which we can each contribute to restoring our earth, and by implementing ideas in our schools and homes. I’d like to share some thoughts and ideas.


Recycling and reducing waste

As a family, school or community do you recycle your waste?

Buy products that use less packaging?

What about “plogging”: Picking up litter while jogging?

Explore MyWaste South Africa to find recycling companies, and information about recycling and reusing.



Add climate to the curriculum

Encourage your learners to solve the challenges of tomorrow. Earth Day website has a range of learning activities, including games

https://www.earthday.org/restore-our-earth-climate-education-week-toolkit/

Earth Day topic quizzes https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-quizzes/



If we look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals all of them link to preserving our planet in one form or another, and they could be highlighted on Earth Day.


GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

We should be developing school and family projects and initiatives around these goals continually.


Help protect pollinators


https://www.earthday.org/bee-conservation-toolkit/

Download the Global Earth Challenge™ citizen science app today

https://globalearthchallenge.earthday.org/

Right now the Global Earth Challenge is trying to understand how insect populations like bees are changing.

Collect data on bees today, or support research on air quality, plastics, and food security anytime!

Global Earth Challenge™ is the app assisting and encouraging the world’s largest citizen science effort, available on Android and iOS devices. Get learners, parents and whole school communities involved. Download the app and share your findings.

The Global Earth Challenge lets you gather important scientific data near you. Becomes actively involved!


Promote regenerative agriculture in your school gardens and your home gardens.

Use crop rotation when planting

Crop rotation for animal farming - moving them to different areas allowing land to restore and regenerate

Best of all grow food between your flower beds creating real ecosystems.

If farms explored diverse, multi-crop growing within the natural land. Not destroying the natural land for farming.

Stimulation of soil micro-biology, not using fertilisers, chemicals, nor continuous grazing

Explore RegenAg SA - the Regenerative Agriculture Association of South Africa https://www.regenagsa.org.za/



Other websites to explore:

https://science.nasa.gov/earth-day-2021

https://www.seedyourfuture.org/plantflix

https://charleseisenstein.org/books/


Create an awareness among your learners and your children.


We need to all do something quickly to help save our Earth.


Promote Earth Day everyday!




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