Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day (belated)! I am a day late in writing this post but thought it’s better late than never. Here are some books for children in middle grades to build into them an awareness about the environment and a few of the environment related issues that we currently face as a society. .

My daughter and I read Plastic Ahoy recently upon her request to know more about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a topic she learned about in school. This book chronicles the journey of three scientists who went into the Pacific Ocean on a mission to investigate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They studied the impact of this trash on the marine life. It is an educational book with engaging pictures and a quick read too, unless of there are lots of questions. We haven’t read much of the other two books yet but they have good reviews. I plan to read them with my daughter soon. .

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is a slogan that is being repeated often in my house, especially for my 4 year olds. Giving them jobs and titles for the day like ‘Scrap Patrol’ – a person who is responsible for making sure our floors are free of trash and also makes sure recyclable trash has been put away in the recyclable trash bin (this also means explaining what can be recycled and what cannot) is one way in which I have been trying to build awareness of the environment into my 4 year olds. Do you have any other ideas on this? If yes, I would love to hear from you.

I have also been doing some of my own reading on and off on this subject. We made a few positive changes as a family recently in this area but I know that there is a lot more that we can still do. What are some things you did in your daily life to reduce and reuse? And what are some challenges that you face related to this? The challenge that I face is consistency. If I don’t have everything planned out in advance and available at my disposal, I tend to take short cuts in the last minute. I am still working on this.

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