On April 22nd, the United States and over 191 other countries will be celebrating the 47th official Earth Day. The very first Earth Day was established in 1970. United States Senator, Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin saw the devastating effects of an oil spill off the coast of California. Recognizing the urgent need to protect our environment for future generations, he went on to help create the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
From planting trees to recycling trash or even creating nature-centric poetry, there are many ways to participate in Earth Day. The Walking Classroom has several Earth Day podcast options for you and your class to enjoy.
Rachel Carson (5-#8, STEM-#37, Combined-#157) and her game-changing book, Silent Spring, published in 1962, helped to create a national awareness of the dangers factories were creating for the environment.
Another pioneering woman, Dr. Inez Fung (5-#9, STEM-#38), goes even further to describe the effects these factories have created on our atmosphere in the form of greenhouse gases. She reiterates the importance of understanding how our behavior directly impacts, not only the earth today, but the earth tomorrow.
You don’t need to be a scientist or environmentalist to appreciate nature. One of America’s most beloved poets, Robert Frost (4-#23, Combined-#33), is able to evoke goose-bumps with his incredible description of a cold winter New England day, even if it’s 75 degrees outside! Reading a poem about nature or creating your own is a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day! Feel free to share your students’ creations by posting them in our secret Facebook group.
Let’s Do Something about It!
In the podcasts highlighted above, we celebrate nature through poetry and learn about the environmental problems confronting us today. However, Conservation (5-#7, STEM-#36, Combined-#129) gives some suggestions as to how we can actually help to protect our environment. Do you have a class project planned?
Check Out These Fun Links!
If you’re looking for a few additional physical activities for the kids, youtube is a great source. There you can find a good kid-friendly overview of conservation ideas or a catchy rap for the kids to use throughout the month.