At Funkoos we look forward to one certain holiday every year. It’s the one that embodies our belief in being good to the Earth and to ourselves. It’s the one that is focused on “going green.” I’m sure by now you know I’m talking about Earth Day! On April 22 the whole world will celebrate nature and focus on how we can take care of the environment.

Gaylord Nelson, who was a Senator from Wisconsin, founded Earth Day in 1970. It was a time of turmoil with protests over the Vietnam War. Nelson realized he could channel that energy towards a focus on the environment and make it a national cause. Even on the first Earth Day the turnout was amazing. 20 million people came out in support of taking care of our planet. In 1990 Earth Day went global. Today we are all invested in changing the way we treat the world and our resources. There are so many ways you can celebrate this special day.

Cities across the country will be hosting festivals on the 22nd. Take your family to one and enjoy celebrating with others.

Have everyone in your family make a promise to change a habit that hurts the Earth. Your kids could promise to turn off the water while brushing their teeth or you could promise to open your windows more and use less air conditioning. Have everyone read their pledge and post them on the fridge or a bulletin board so you remember all year long.

Plant a tree that is indigenous to your area in your backyard. You can watch the tree grow with your children and they’ll have a special connection to it.

Go grocery shopping and try to buy only organic items. Make it a game for your kids to find eco-friendly products. Discuss which ones are better for the Earth and why.

Host an Earth Day party! Who doesn’t love a good celebration? Ask guests to bring items to recycle or reuse. Serve food you bought at the local farmers market. Have a quiz game where you ask questions about the Earth.

Research environmental issues and have your kids pick ones they think are most important. Then help them write letters to your Senator or Representatives about these issues. Knowledge is empowering!

This year make a pledge to celebrate Earth Day with your family and friends. It will make a world of a difference!