club member holding their upcycled tote bag

April 22, 2024 – Earth Day reminds us of our shared responsibility to protect our planet. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, we’re committed to environmental conservation and sustainability so our future generations can grow to inspire others to pursue sustainability and pursue greatness. Earth Day’s history is rooted in environmental activism, reminding us of the critical need to protect our planet.

Earth’s health directly impacts our well-being, making it essential to care for our ecosystems and resources. This Earth Day, join us as we share our efforts and invite you to make a positive impact alongside us. To celebrate Earth Day, our curriculum for Conservation Month focuses on environmental stewardship, with a series of enriching activities designed to inspire and educate our members about the importance of conservation. From crafting recycled paper to exploring sustainable food options, our aim is to inspire creativity and eco-consciousness. Hands-on projects like upcycled coral reefs teach the value of repurposing materials to minimize waste.

Join us in protecting our planet with these helpful tips you can try today! (National Geographic)

  1. Use reusable bags – in a lifetime, one reusable bag can prevent the use of 600 plastic bags.
  2. Recycle – one can of soda will save enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  3. Shut down your computer when it’s not in use – this can cut energy consumption by 85 percent.
  4. Walk instead of driving every time you can! For every mile walked instead of driven, nearly one pound of pollution is kept out of the air.

Try the following upcycling activities with your family!

  • Repurpose a tin can or jar: Use paint, googly eyes, glitter, or any other decorative crafting material to decorate a can or jar to be used as a pencil holder, pot, or vase.
  • Create your own upcycled coral reef: Gather recycled and crafting materials like egg cartons, mesh potato bags, toothpicks, pipe cleaners, bubble wrap, and paint to create an upcycled coral reef. Print out fish to add to your coral reef. Be creative! Use any recycled and crafting materials to make yours your own.
  • Make your own crayons: Repurpose old crayons by placing them in molds and baking them in the oven to create new, unique crayons.
four club members holding their upcycled coral reef
club member holding their earth day toast
three club members pointing to their earth day posters

This Earth Day, let’s unite in our commitment to protect our planet. Whether through small actions or community initiatives, each of us has the power to make a positive impact. Together, we can create a more sustainable and environmentally-conscious world.