Go Green

It’s Earth Hour this weekend! 

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.” – Earth Hour Quotes by Joseph Wood Krutch

Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held on the last Saturday of March every year to raise awareness for climate change.  Every households and businesses is encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour.

The event, conceived by WWF and Leo Burnett, first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights.  Earth Hour 2013 will be held on March 23, 2013 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

Earth Hour is not just a lights out event.  Many organizations host events to celebrate and spread the message of protecting the planet.  We could do our parts too. Let’s designate 1 hour for everyone in the family to do something!  Better still, we could do more beyond that one hour!  How to be kinder to the earth? As parents, we need to remind kids of all ages that simple things can make a big difference. 

  1. Reading books to little ones on ways to save mother earth

Even young children are eager to help the environment! Find out many little things we could encourage our children to be involved in playing a small part to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in our daily lives!

Find out little green reminders from the following child-friendly books

  •  10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
  • Grover’s 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World by Anna Ross
  •  Help Your Parents Save the Planet: 50 Simple Ways to Go Green Now!


Do you remember to turn off the tap while you brush your teeth? How about using both sides of the paper when writing and drawing? Or planting seeds and nurturing the new plants as they grow?

We are on a spaceship; a beautiful one. It took billions of years to develop. We’re not going to get another. Now, how do we make this spaceship work? – Earth Hour Quotes by Buckminster Fuller

2.  Making toys using recycled materials.

Find plastic bottles, cans, and other recycling items and make something with the little ones. Let your imagination run wild.  You will be amazed how the beauty of an empty cereal box, markers, some scissors and a little glue.

3.  Involve little ones in daily activities like going for evening walks, feeding the birds in the park.

Things like turning off the water while brushing your teeth, closing the refrigerator door so we do not waste energy, and cleaning up our parks and gathering recyclables, turning off lights, computers television when possible to conserve energy are little things that kids and adults can practice doing consistently.  Here are some green reminders from the book:-

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh

1. Turn off the Lights

2. Turn off the Faucet

3. Throw Away My Trash

4. Feed the Birds

5. Use Both Sides of the Paper

6. To Unplug the TV When Not in Use

7. Making Toys from Recycled Products

8. Walk Instead of Drive

9. Plant Seeds

10. Sort Recycling

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life ~ Rachel Carson

In the book Grover’s 10 Terrific Ways to Help Our Wonderful World, at the beginning, Grover explains in simple terms why we should care for the earth and at the end, Grover reviews the list of things all of us are capable of doing or doing better.  The little ones will be motivated by the vivid ideas illustrated with compassionate Grover and the educational Sesame Street team.

We, parents could join folks all over the world in inspiring others to help make this place a better place through Earth Hour activities.  No one is too young to participate in Earth Hour.  Think of how beautiful the world would be if everyone did their part making an effort to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Heal The World Make It A Better Place~ Michael Jackson

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