18 Earth-friendly things kids can do to celebrate Earth Day every day
1. Enlist friends, hand out bags and clean up a nearby park.
2. Plant shrubs or a tree in your yard.
3. Start a vegetable garden in pots or a small plot.
4. Organize a cleanup day at your school.
5. Create posters with environmental themes and ask teachers to post them in their
6. Look for recycling symbols on products you or your parents buy. Purchase items in
recyclable packaging whenever possible. Avoid products that use excessive packaging.
7. Encourage your parents to carry a reusable shopping bag, and suggest they buy in bulk to
minimize packaging waste.
8. Bicycle or walk to school rather than being driven by your parents (as long as Mom and
Dad say it's safe).
9. Steer your parents toward organic pesticides, such as those made from orange extract.
10. Turn off lights, fans or the TV when you leave the room (unless your little brother is still in
11. Check your home for leaky faucets or toilets, and volunteer to help fix those in need of
12. Don't leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing your face and hands.
13. Take shorter showers.
14. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway or sidewalk.
15. Remind your parents that washing the car less often saves water (and may get you out of
the dreaded chore).
16. Ask your parents to raise the thermostat a few degrees, telling them it will save energy as
well as money.
17. Lower the blinds when the sun comes up, which deflects heat from the windows.
18. Offer to replace air filters. A clean filter helps the air-conditioner run more efficiently.