There are many simple things you can do to help save planet Earth!
With the support of your friends and family, team together and use the list below to create your own team of Earth Heroes!
#1 – Slow Down Climate Change!
The Problem: The quick increase in Earth’s temperature is causing lots of problems for plants, animals, humans and the environment
Ask Your Parents To Help You Plant A Tree. Trees and plants help to absorb the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Ask Your Family To Start Driving Your Car Less. There are many ways to get around that don’t involve driving! Walk, ride your bike or take the bus to where you need to go! Carpooling is also a great way to get around and gives you extra time to spend with your friends and family!
Tell Your Family about www.epost.ca. This saves trees by having your family’s bills emailed to you instead of coming in the mail on paper! Let’s keep as many trees as possible standing to soak up the carbon dioxide!
#2 – Save Earth’s Natural Resources!
The Problem: As our human population grows, so do our demands on the Earth to help us live with light, water, heat and food! The Earth can only reproduce these things so fast and if we don’t work hard together we could run out!
Ask Your Family To Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning. Heating our homes in the winter and cooling them off in the summer takes a lot of energy, which is very hard on planet Earth. Dress for the weather! Instead of turning on the fireplace, put on a sweater or use a blanket to keep warm!
Save Electricity. To help save the environment there are many easy ways to use less electricity. The simplest thing is to remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room! Also, unplugging the toaster or any other small machine after you use it saves a lot of energy through the day. Even if you’re not using it, leaving something plugged in takes up energy from the Earth!
Save Water. Something as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth makes a HUGE difference for Planet Earth. Doing this one thing helps you save up to 25 gallons of water each month! You can also shorten your shower by a minute to save up to 150 gallons of water a month! By just doing those two things you are doing a huge part to save Earth! Another great way to save water is by turning off the running water while you lather your hands with soap and then turn it back on to rinse your hands. And make sure to tighten any taps that are dripping water!
#3 – Stop Using Plastic!
The Problem: Plastic wraps, containers and water bottles are polluting our oceans and land and it’s causing harm to humans, animals and plants all around the world!
Get Re-usable Water Bottles For Yourself and Your Family. There are so many cool water bottles available that you can use over and over again to help reduce plastic pollution. This can be as simple as saving the plastic water bottle from your lunch yesterday, cleaning it and re-using it tomorrow! If you have to get rid of a plastic water bottle, remember to recycle it!
Bring Re-usable Bags To The Grocery Store. Remind your parents to bring bags from home to the grocery store! You can buy cloth bags from the grocery store or re-use the plastic ones you have at home. Also, when buying fruits and vegetables be careful of using too much plastic – save where you can! Maybe that avocado doesn’t need to go in a plastic bag …
Recycle Any Plastic Bottles and Bags You Have At Home. Do your part to keep plastic out of the oceans and off of the land by recycling all the plastic in your home!
Bring Homemade Lunches To School. Instead of bringing plastic-wrapped “lunchables” to school, pack a healthy homemade lunch in a reusable Tupperware container. This keeps that plastic wrap & packaging out of the garbage cans!
#4 – Reduce, Re-Use & Recycle!
The Problem: The human population is growing so fast and so is the amount of things we use and throw away every day! The Earth can’t keep up with all of our garbage, so we have to start thinking of ways to reduce, re-use and recycle what we use.
Ask Your Parents To Help You Create A Recycling Program At Home. Work together with your family to decide what items can be recycled, such as newspaper, cans, glass and plastic bottles. Ask your parents to look into the recycling rules in your city and keep as much out of your garbage cans as possible! As yourself before you recycle something – Can I Re-Use This?
Recycle Old Batteries and Electronics. Have your parents help you find the place in your neighborhood to recycle your old batteries and electronics that you don’t need anymore (televisions, computers, etc). Do your part to keep these harmful products out of oceans and off of the land!
Start A School Recycling Program. Talk to the teachers and principle at your school to organize a school recycling program that you can all participate in to save planet Earth!
Start A Compost At Your House. Ask your parents to help you start a compost system in your backyard for all your fruits and vegetable peelings and scraps. Composting is very good for the land because it is full of nutrients! You can also use the compost to fertilize your own garden!
#5 – Respect Planet Earth!
The Problem: Planet Earth gives us everything we need to live a happy, healthy life … but sometimes we don’t know how to say thank you for everything Earth gives us. We need to do what we can to show planet Earth we are grateful for what we have!
Spend Time In Nature. Instead of watching TV tonight or playing indoors … why not go outside and play? There are many great things that you can do outside like playing a sport, taking your dog for a walk, going to the beach or planning an outdoor game (Waterfight!) with the neighborhood kids. Not only will the Earth love you being outside but you’ll feel great playing out in the fresh air!
Keep Your School and Neighborhood Free of Garbage. The more we keep our Earth clean the happier it will be. Do your part by making sure you don’t leave your garbage lying around … put it in the recycling or garbage where it belongs. If you want to do a huge thing for Planet Earth plan a garbage pick-up at your school and involve all your family and friends to clean up the area where you play!