Today is the 50th anniversary Earth Day.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Did you learn about bees by clicking on Google’s Doodle today?

Here are a few fun facts about honey bees:
Honey bees fly at around 25KM per hour and flap their wings 200 times a minute!
The queen bee can live up to 5 years, whereas the worker bees only live an average of 5-6 weeks, during which she will produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey.
In some areas, up to 90% of colonies have disappeared. Nobody knows why, but they call it colony collapse disorder.
They are attracted to plants with lots of nectar, like lavender and bluebells, so plant those if you want to attract them. Also, buy local honey.

Source: National Geographic KidsToday, we are eating vegetarian meals all day.  Here are the environmental advantages of eating vegetarian:

Environment

Even if you don’t go veggie, cutting back on meat helps.  We are going to have Real Food for Real Kid‘s chickpea chowder for dinner.  We have been ordering from them throughout the pandemic. Ordering local and supporting small businesses is another great thing to do for the earth.  I also order my prints and albums from Fotobox, which is a local professional lab.

Also, check out my friend Jannis’ fashion design company  Olio Eco Clothing. My mom bought me one of her pieces about a decade ago and I still wear it regularly (along with other pieces I have purchased from her).

Of course, we are not planning on driving today either! The 5 of us are currently living in an 800 square foot condo, which is environmentally better than living in a large space (but not quite as practical). My mom sold her house, we sold ours and we are moving into one together, so that will reduce our combined emissions significantly too.

Here are some great Earth Day learning activities from the Toronto Conservation Authority.

At Home With Nature: TRCA e-Learning

Here is the official Earth Day website:

Homepage

Here is a composite photo of my daughter with the world in her eyes.

World Photo Credit:

Image by PIRO4D from Pixabay

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Seeing the world