Picnic your way to an educational Earth Day

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by Linda Davis

azfamily.com

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 3:54 PM

A great family picnic any day of the year is fantastic! But, how about taking this favorite activity and turning it into a family lesson on the Earth’s issues just in time for this year’s Earth Day, April 22.

It’s cool how a simple picnic can be a teachable moment or two for the whole family. Look at how you can plan and then discuss all the elements of a typical picnic and how it reflects the challenges our planet is facing.

Energy and Fuel
Choose a picnic site and walk or bike to it instead of driving. Discuss the difference walking or biking can make to the environment. Also, how it impacts your decision as to where to eat.

Recycle and Reuse – landfill overflows
Instead of using the picnic staple of paper plates and disposables, use plastic plates from home, real utensils and real napkins or cool towels. Discuss how much goes into the landfill by talking about choices for cans, bottles and more.

Pack Local
Shopping local does more than support local farmers and businesses.  It also saves on the expenses of shipping across the country or even over-seas. When shopping for the meal, seek out locally grown foods at your farmer’s market or even in your grocery store. It can be a real eye-opening experience to pay attention to where foods are made.

Recycle your Trash
After the picnic, discuss what could be composted (you just might want to start a compost bin!) What can be recycled and what can’t. Discuss what might be done differently with the things that can’t.

Clean your Site
Talk about the impact if you didn’t clean it all up. Respect of nature and everyone’s individual responsibility.

And finally, a word about water

Clean water is taken for granted in our country.  In fact, people in less developed countries can’t believe we PAY for bottled water – that water running from our tap isn’t good enough.

Consider this.
Water is mission critical. Children die every minute due to a lack of access to clean water.
These things can help protect the supply of clean water. Support Organic Farming. Conventional farming can pollute the water supply.
Conserve electricity. Every kilowatt of traditional electricity takes about 2 gallons of fresh water.
Go meatless more often. It can take up to 5,000 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat.  Enjoy veggies and use less water.

All Aveda salons make Earth Month a priority to raise money to support the clean water supply.
Visit www.aveda.com if you’d like to donate.

Celebrate the Earth.  Live and Learn.

 

 

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