Earth Day is fast approaching, how are you celebrating?
We’ve collected a number of fun ideas to celebrate and raise awareness during the week of Earth Day. Feel free to mix and match the different ideas to suit your needs and ability. Hold activities just on Earth Day, run an assembly or pep rally, go on a field trip, have a speaker in to talk to your class, or run activities throughout the week!
Day 1 – Superhero Bees: Through the pollination of plants, bees help produce most of our fruit and vegetables, as well as many other crops. The sad part is that bees have been disappearing at an alarming rate and continue to vanish without a trace. Without them we wouldn’t be able to enjoy strawberries, almonds, and pumpkins.
- Watch the Vanishing of the Bees. Borrow it from the Alice Chambers Memorial Library.
- Hold a food tasting of different foods we wouldn’t be able to eat without honeybee pollination.
- Bees do a waggle dance to communicate to their fellow bees, hold a bee-themed dance at your school in honour of our favourite superhero.
Day 2 – You Are What You Wear: 1 pound of textiles emits more than 7 pounds of CO2 – yikes! It’s time we start looking at what we wear, and face the facts: textile waste creates pollution and wastes precious resources. For example, the average t-shirt wastes 700 gallons of water during manufacturing (that’s 140 water cooler jugs).
- Wear a piece of clothing that is second-hand, upcycled, or is made from recyclable materials. Anyone who does could enter their name for a prize to be drawn at the end of the day.
- Hold a school-wide clothing swap. Ask for donations a couple of weeks beforehand. Organize the clothing in a central space by type and size. Any leftover clothing can be donated to Goodwill.
- Find out how far your clothing has traveled to be in your closet.
Day 3 – Getting Around: Transportation is responsible for more than 28% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Unless we can stop the increase in vehicle use, transportation emissions will keep on rising. Walking and biking are great ways to have fun, get outside and go on an adventure!
- Get everyone to walk or bike to school, whoever does could enter their name for a prize to be drawn at the end of the day.
- Watch Who Killed the Electric Car. Borrow it from the Alice Chambers Memorial Library.
- Organize a Bike Maintenance workshop at your school. Find out about local Bikeshops here.
Day 4 – Too Good to Waste: As humans, we love stuff. But the flip side is that eventually it’s time to get rid of it. And it’s expensive to get rid of stuff. Did you know it costs more than $1.5 billion every year to dispose of garbage every year? The average North American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage!
- Organize a recycling drive in your school. Let people know that you are collecting batteries, ink cartridges, or other materials. See how much you can collect in one week, and then drop off everything at your nearest eco-depot.
- Conduct a school-wide waste audit, and give your school a report card on their waste usage.
- Host a how-to workshop on composting.
- Have a waste-free lunch day.
- Encourage everyone to collect their junk mail from home during the week and then create a junk mail tree to display.
- View The Story of Stuff.
Day 5 – Water: Water issues are big issues – without water there would be no life. Only 0.05% of water on Earth is drinkable. We’re lucky here in Manitoba with an abundance of fresh water compared to other parts of the world, yet some of it is just dripping away. One drip per second wastes 10,000 litres of water per year – enough to fill 200 bathtubs!
- Hold a blind taste test in your school with bottled water and tap water.
- Watch Blue Gold. Borrow it from the Alice Chambers Memorial Library.
- Collect water bottles from your schools recycling and garbage bins. At the end of the week build a “Tower of Consumption” with the water bottles.
- Conduct a school-wide water audit.