Earth Day is a worldwide event that has taken place each year, for the past 50 years, during the month of April. Its goal is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
Growing out of the first Earth Day (which took place in 1970), Earth Day is now the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
Teach a lesson on litter and recycling
It’s important for students to understand that as the next generation they are stewards of the world and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep the Earth clean. To do this, you could base a whole lesson around this idea using infographics, posters and activity booklets.
Many of these can be downloaded for free from various worldwide organisations – however, be sure to also check out some of our resources displayed below.
Local Area Cleanup
The huge strides we need, to create the clean parks, beaches and streets we all want to see, will be made up of small individual steps.
In line with Earth Day celebrations there is another event which takes place during the British Springtime, the Great British Spring Clean.
The Great British Spring Clean will take place from 28 May – 13 June 2021 – welcoming of indivuals, groups and schools alike.
When we look after the environment, we look after ourselves as well. Volunteering to do something for the greater good – and being outdoors – results in improved mental and physical wellbeing. Last year, 79% of people who took the Great British Spring Clean reported improved mood and 51% said it encouraged them to move more.
To help you on your litter-picking journey, KeepBritainTidy.org have designed a useful guide to give you ideas, inspiration and advice to safely plan a clean-up.
Make an Earth Day Window Sign
The classic cardboard sign (or poster board, or paper, or whatever’s at hand) can let your neighbours know how they can get involved.
There’s one big detail for these signs; follow-up! You have to give people who see it something to do next. EarthDay.org recommend including #EARTHRISE, #EarthDay2021, or earthday.org on your sign.
Ready to go, but want some inspiration? Here are a few sign ideas.
Feel free to use the ones below or let your class come up with their own slogans for signs that could be posted around the school or at home.
- The climate’s changing; why aren’t we?
- Don’t be a fossil fool
- Let’s rise up before the seas do
- Biodiversity or bust!
- No Nature, no future
- Less plastic would be fantastic!
- Mother Earth doesn’t like quitters; pick up your litter
- Dump bad habits, not your trash
We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources to help you participate in Earth Day. Click here to see all of our brand new Earth Day Resources.
Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.
Have a Great Day!
I hope you all have a fun filled day partaking in Earth Day.
Make sure to tag us on social media with any photos from the day 🙂
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!)