Happy Earth Day! A day late…but truly, it is earth day every day in our family. After a busy week of work and travel I didn’t have time to make an Earth Day post, so I’m catching up today.
In my experience, I never see my children happier, freer, more connected to the moment as when they are playing together in the great outdoors. So, my Earth Day indulgence is to share some of my favourite photos of my children connecting with the wild earth and enjoying themselves playing in nature. I’m also sharing what our family does each day to live lightly upon the planet, see our list at the end of this post.
As a family we do a lot to try to minimize our impact on the earth, to live a green lifestyle, to live lightly and respectfully upon this planet that sustains us and gives us life. Above all else I try to find ways each day to ensure my kids feel connected to nature and the health of our planet. This means lots of time spent outdoors enjoying life and connecting with the elements, whether it’s walking or cycling to the places we go, running bare foot on the grass, or eating snow.
Here are the top 10 ways our family lives lightly upon the planet:
- We follow a vegan diet to minimize environmental damage associated with animal farming
- We eat and buy local products as much as possible to minimize emissions associated with delivery transport. If not local products then responsibly manufactured, organic and small scale guide our purchases
- We live car free and either walk or cycle almost everywhere we travel within the city, year round
- We use reusable cloth shopping bags (these ones are great because they fold up really small to fit in your pocket or bag) and we use reusable produce and bulk shopping bags (these ones for produce and these ones for bulk)
- We package litter-less lunches with reusable containers. Our favourites are stainless steel lunch containers (like these for main dish, these for snacks and dips and these for drinks) and our newest love is for beeswax food wraps (truly amazing product! they may seem pricey but I guarantee you they are worth the investment, you can completely stop using all plastic wrap)
- We wear things out before replacing them
- We recycle and compost like there’s no tomorrow
- We put on a sweater (or two) rather than heating our home and drink cold water instead of air conditioning
- We plant indigenous plants in the garden that don’t need overwatering or chemicals to thrive and support bee populations
- We spend lots of time outdoors to cultivate love, enjoyment and respect for the earth in hopes that our children will make the best choices
Earth day, every day.
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