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Earth Day Tips

21st April 2019

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April 22nd marks Earth Day – a day every year where people all over the world celebrate our planet and support environmental action. The Earth Day Network coordinates rallies, activities, projects and more across the globe. Every year, the Earth Day Network has a particular focus: last year it was ending plastic pollution and the 2019 theme is “Protect Our Species”. Endangered animals are a very real issue – we are facing the greatest rate of extinction since the dinosaurs and this year’s Earth Day aims to raise awareness across the globe.

However, serious the cause, Earth Day should be fun! Most kids are passionate about the environment and Earth Day is a great opportunity to harness their energy and engage the whole family in taking action to protect our planet.

Here are 21 tips for families for this year’s Earth Day. If you take up just one or two you will be part of something great and we promise that they are all easy and enjoyable. Embrace your inner eco-warrior and get stuck in - our planet needs you

Earth Day Tips

1. Visit your local library. That’s right, books are always our top priority and re-using is as important as recycling.

2. Make recycling fun. Raid the recycling bin for materials for junk modelling and get making spaceships, vehicles, penholders or whatever you like. Find some inspiration here.

3. Make a bug hotel. Insects are a vital part of the natural world.  Here is a simple example.

4. Save water - turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.

5. Challenge yourselves not to drive to school or work – walk, cycle or scoot instead.

6. Buy recycled paper, whether it’s for drawing or writing, loo paper or kitchen roll. You’ll save money too!

7. Try meat-free Mondays or limit meat to certain days.

8. Repair old clothes rather than throwing them away. Find some cool ideas for kids here.

9. Save energy at home – unplug all electrical devices before bed.

10. Reduce your plastic use - switch to bars of soap, they last longer and are more eco-friendly too.

11. Use rechargeable batteries in your toys and appliances.

12. Pledge to only use reusable bottles for water and hot drinks.

13. Donate old toys, books and clothes and have a car boot sale. You could even donate the proceeds to an eco-friendly cause.

14. Save the spiders! Don’t kill creepy crawlies you find in the house – put them outside, our plants need them.

15. Instead of buying new toys or books organise a toy swap with a friend. You can do the same with clothes!

16. Join a local clean up at a beach or park. Or simply pick up rubbish whenever you see it.

17. Do the litter free lunch challenge. Can you make a packed lunch or picnic without any single-use plastic or non-biodegradable waste?

18. Use energy efficient lightbulbs.

19. Try cleaning with eco-friendly products in the home such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

20. If you have a garden, plant some bee-friendly plants. Or persuade your local school to do the same.

21. And finally, make your own Earth Day pledge. These small changes are much more powerful when we do them every day and not just once a year. So get everyone in the family to choose one and make a promise to stick with it for the whole year. Take inspiration from our list above or come up with your own great ideas, but make sure you hold each other accountable. 

And finally, check out these fantastic books for Earth Day 2019:

Earth Day Tips
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My Green Day: 10 Green Things I Can Do Today

Make every day a green day with ten simple things to do between breakfast and bedtime. Discover ten easy ways in which every child can make their day greener for the environment. With a helpful explanation to back up every activity, this is the perfect picture book for teaching young children the importance of looking after the world around them.

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See Inside Planet Earth

Delve deep into the mysteries of Earth's geography to reveal the hidden secrets of life on our planet. This title includes double page spreads on mountains, deserts, the oceans, the atmosphere and icy landscapes such as Antarctica, each one bursting with flaps to lift to reveal scientific and natural history information. It also contains a feature on how climate change is affecting our planet, and what can be done to reduce its effects. It contains over fifty sturdy embedded flaps.

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Red Alert!: 15 Endangered Animals Fighting to Survive

Pick a place. Choose a creature. Discover its story and the danger it faces. Then find out how to help it survive. 15 wild and wonderful creatures, all on the IUCN Red List, need our help - this important book is interactive, engaging and informative, and will inspire children to save their planet!

Red Alert! is inspired and endorsed by the 'Red List' database maintained by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently the list includes over 70,000 species known to be at risk, but it grows larger all the time.

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What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?

It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!

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The Big Earth Book

Planet Earth. Four elements. One incredible story. Lonely Planet Kids' The Big Earth Book takes children on a rollercoaster ride through history, geography, science and more to show how four elements - earth, fire, air and water - created the world and everything that exists today. Amazing facts, photography and illustrations bring our planet and its past to life in an exciting, engaging way.

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National Trust: How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear

From beetles and butterflies, to puffins and polar bears, animals and habitats all over the world need our protection. In this beautifully illustrated book, children (and adults!) can learn about thirteen different habitats - gardens, hedgerows, heathlands, woodlands, highlands, wetlands, the coastline, freshwater, oceans, savannahs, jungles and mountains - and simple everyday ways to protect them.

Find out how to help hedgehogs in your own back garden or spread the word about endangered animals further from home, as you discover all the little things you can do to make a big difference.

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The Bee Book

Shortlisted for the Junior Design Awards 2018 - Best Designed/Illustrated Book for Children.

This charming illustrated non-fiction picture book takes you on an amazing journey through the world of bees.

Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and - most importantly - along with other insects, they are responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat! The Bee Book is perfect to teach children age 5 and up all about our fuzzy little friends, how much they matter, why they are declining, and what we can do to help. This dazzling celebration of bees is lavishly illustrated by the talented up-and-coming author and illustrator Charlotte Milner.

Children will be fascinated by beautiful pictures and buzz-worthy facts covering types of bee, bee hives, colonies, pollination, making honey and more. Meet the humble honey bee face-to-face: nature's hardest worker, and so much more than just a provider of honey in a picture book you will treasure forever.

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In Focus: Forests

Ten illustrators delve into the world's woodlands to explore the creatures, culture and conservation for our forested areas.

This super-sized book draws back the canopy of the rainforest, wends its way through the fir trees and dives into the depths to uncover fascinating facts about our forests.

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When the Bees Buzzed Off!

Uh-oh! The bees have buzzed off and now the minibeasts are in a pickle. Who will pollinate the fruit and flowers? It's up to three brave bugs to bring those buzzy bees back!

Packed with fun flaps, fascinating facts and hilarious asides throughout, When the Bees Buzzed Off ! is the perfect book to encourage little ones to think about important environmental issues and explore the natural world! This energetic romp through the wild outdoors is brought to life with bright and engaging illustrations from talented illustrator Stephen Bennett.

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On The Origin of Species

The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species.

'A long, long time ago, before humans even existed, the living world looked very different from how it looks today.'

For most of human history, people believed that everything in the world was created at once. But scientists started to challenge that idea and in 1859 Charles Darwin, a naturalist and biologist, wrote a famous book called On the Origin of Species that revolutionised the way that we have understood evolution ever since.

Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has recreated Darwin's most famous work as a beautifully illustrated book. The stunning pictures bring the theory of evolution to life for young readers, and anyone who wants to learn about evolution.

Pulling together Darwin's observations from his travels around the world and his ground-breaking explanation of how species form, develop, and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.


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