My kids asked me yesterday morning what we were doing special for Earth Day. I told them I didn’t have any big special plan because I felt like we were trying to do stuff every day.
I told them I thought we were doing a much better job recycling in the kitchen. We’re eating less meat a week trying to reduce the carbon dioxide produced by the animals (as well as the health effect for us). We are reusing toys and clothes for other children. We’re much more conscience of our electrical, gas, and water usage, which has definitely been reflected in our bills.
The school does recycling projects year round. Send in your old shoes for charity. Send in bottle caps for 2-liters that can’t be recycled the regular way. Send in cans. Send in newspapers. There’s always some project going on for the environment.
Rose’s class is even participating in a science competition to build a solar oven and actually cook on it.
So it makes me wonder: Has Earth Day lost its voice in the cacophony of year-round environmentalism? Are the schools doing too much, too little or just the right amount? Have your environmental efforts increased at home? Are you more aware of your choices than you used to be (even a year ago)?