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Earth Day 2011

Every year on Earth Day, I feel a lot of pressure to do something that will make a big impact like clean the bank of the Charles River or plant trees. But really, I subscribe to the “do what you can, every little bit counts” philosophy. I think that many busy people think that protecting the Earth is very time consuming, but if we all just did a little, it would make a big impact.

For instance, for my family, this weekend will be filled with Easter Egg hunts and chocolate candy. However, if the chickens cooperate, the eggs will likely come from the farm across the street from our house. After a “milk comes from Stop and Shop” comment from one of my kids, we’ve really been trying to talk to our boys about where their food comes from. I think it will be great for them to see the chickens that produced the eggs we’ll eat later that weekend. As a side note, these lessons led to a conversation I’m not entirely ready to have about seeing a turkey at the farm, then having turkey sandwiches for dinner that night. Probably not good planning on my part and I could see the wheels turning as my almost four year old looked at me and said, “Turkey?” very quizzically while clearly thinking about the actual bird. Milk comes from cows and eggs come from hens are easy lessons, but I’m not sure I’m ready for the meat conversation yet.

Anyway, I was glad to see that this week’s parenting newsletter, e-family news has some pretty easy, family friendly suggestions for beginning to go green or at least altering one habit to be a bit more earth friendly. I hope it inspires you to make one small change.

One comment

  1. Green Mom April 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    As an update, we weren’t able to get the eggs from the local farm, but we did use all natural egg dye- beets, blueberries, tumeric and grape juice. The colors were really pretty and muted and it was just as easy as the traditional dye tablets we’re all used to.

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