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Happy Earth Day everyone!

This annual day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site was created in 1970 by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson. It encourages Americans to do things that are earth friendly, from recycling to taking a walk instead of a riding in a car, being more aware of issues affecting the earth and taking care of the earth and the environment in which we live.

It’s never too early to start teaching our children about the earth and the environment. It could be something as easy as picking up trash around your neighborhood, putting a plastic bottle in a recycling bin or planting a tree in your backyard. Weather permitting, my daughter’s kindergarten class is taking a walk in a park near her school that features a forested area and walking trail.

There are a variety of ideas available to celebrate Earth Day. Visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov or visit Earth Day 2010 campaign’s website at www.earthday.org/earthday2010.

Keep the earth in mind today as you go about your daily activities, and pass that example along to the little ones. They are, after all, our earth’s future, and we should want to keep it in good shape so they can continue that example as they grow.