2. I compost. I have to take the compost to the giant bins next to our school garden, because I live in the city, and don’t have a yard. It’s a nuisance, but since we reap the rewards of the vegetables grown in that garden, well worth the effort.
3. We walk all the time. Living in the city certainly makes it possible to plan outings that don’t involve the car.
4. Reusable sandwich bags, and pyrex mini containers for our lunches. The material on the bags is eye candy for the kids, and they are durable and washable.
5. Give these lunch bags, mentioned above as gifts at birthday parties with a letter from Sammy inside saying how much he loves jelly.
6. We don’t eat meat at home. Don’t buy it. The primary reason, that we gave it up, over year ago, is because of all the resources involved in getting a chicken to the table.I have other reasons too, but for the purpose of Earth Day, I’ll leave it there for now.
7. Bring my own canvas or cloth bags everywhere now. Big “duh” for me was that, I can take them to hardware store, or the shoe store, or the Goodwill, or wherever we go that we usually end up with a bag. I had no idea how much petroleum is involved in making a plastic bag!
8. We plant our little urban and container garden together–edible and non. We water. We tend. We talk to the flowers, we thank the tomatoes. It gussies up our block, it makes our neighbors smile. I am passing on a love of all things dirt, and earth born to the kids.
9. We go to the farmers market-year round now. We walk there too. We eat the entire bag of the sweet yellow cherry toms before we get home. We bring a bag to pick up garbage in the park on the way home. It is a ritual. Ritual’s help.
10. I show my kids how happy I am when I am outside too. We take care of the things that bring us joy.
Would love to hear what you and your family do to take care of the Mama of all Mamas where you live! To our grandchildren’s grandchildren, being able to share the earth too.