All you need to know about…

giving happiness global impact

Day 126: Environmental Art: Be Creative with your Kids and Help Save the Planet

Have you ever taken the time to look around you and find the beauty in the “garden waste” Mother Nature leaves behind. My son and I do most days. I taught him to stop and smell the flowers before he could walk. I wanted him to have an appreciation for the planet and all the everyday miracles it provides. I have a favourite song by Sarah McLachlan called Ordinary Miracles from the movie Charlotte’s Web. It’s a good reminder to remember to appreciate and be grateful for even the simplest things like flowers and rain.

Today we are working on a gift for my husband’s 50th birthday. Nicolas and his Grandmother ( a great artist) have taken an environmental angle on a piece of art to give to Dad for his birthday.

Give 126: Day 126

We are on the verge of spring here in Vancouver. Apologies to the rest of Canada! The trees have buds just poking from the ends of the branches and the first early crocuses are up. Since I am originally from Ontario I appreciate every piece of green grass growing in January. I have been known to jump up and down cheering at the first sight of the tulip buds poking their heads up through the ground.

I am now passing that appreciation to my son. I believe if I take the time to teach my son about the planet and give him the appreciation for all living things, plant or animal, he will “be the change.” He will want to pass this appreciation on to friends, classmates, and his own children one day.

GIVING can be as simple as teaching a child. If we take the time to GIVE our children the understanding of the planet and why we need to take such great care of it, the world will be a better place. The planet needs us! Parents, teachers and caregivers need to GIVE our kids the lessons to help keep our planet healthy. The lessons that will transcend their lives and make them “tree huggers” without every thinking about it. It will become their way of life naturally.

Make it fun. Make some environmental art and incorporate the lesson!

Time Commitment: A life time worth of teaching

Cost: 0 Mother Nature’s left overs are free!

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)