Good day, Hoover families!
Today is Earth Day. By now, you must all be very familiar with the message “Earth Day is everyday”. What does it really mean? Let’s try to explain it in a way that even our kinders will understand. We eat three meals regularly each day. What if we skip breakfast and lunch but eat only one big meal for dinner instead? Even if we get enough nutrients from one big meal, this won’t help us maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our body will be stressed and it may even go into survival mode. For the same reason, we need to care for our beautiful earth with loving attention everyday, not just on Earth Day.
However, Earth Day serves as a reminder for us about how important it is to use this event to build healthy habits. Habits that we must live with everyday to help conserve energy and to reduce pollution in the environment where we live. It takes a village to raise a child, and it will take all of us to work together in order to save our earth!
We were forced to reduce driving in the past year, but we are actually doing quite well with that. This shows it is possible for us to adapt and live with new habits. Another habit we can pick up during the pandemic is gardening. I would like to encourage all of you to give vegetable gardens a try, starting with this Earth Day. Growing your own vegetables has some amazing benefits to the earth and to you as well. I am only listing a few of them below:
1). Growing your food organically without using harmful chemicals would help to reduce pollution to our environment and the waterway.
2). Our food doesn’t grow in our stores. They were being delivered from faraway farms to where we shop. Growing your own food will help to reduce the pollution caused by the transportation. It can also reduce the driving trips we take when shopping at stores.
3). Growing your own food can reduce waste from food packaging materials.
You can benefit from eating healthier, fresher, and better tasting fruits and vegetables. You can get outdoor exercise, bond with your family, and build a sense of pride when you collect the fruits of your hard work.
Another hidden benefit from growing your food is to help children build respect for their food and help them reduce food waste. How many of us have witnessed kids throwing away their lunch without even taking a bite of it? When they have to patiently watch a plant grow, ripen over the course of several weeks, and finally hold the fruits that are produced by themselves, they will be much less likely to throw them away.
Hope you will be motivated to give vegetable garden a try. You are welcome to contact me if you have any questions. I will try my best to answer them.
I wish you success in advance! I know it will bring good health to you and to our earth.
Green Team parent advisor