I’m sure you’ve heard about Earth Day happening tomorrow, but do you know what exactly we’re observing? April 22 actually marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Over the years it’s become more popular and observed worldwide. This year Disney commemorates the day by releasing their new Disneynature True Life Adventure movie, Born in China. As an extra incentive to take your family to the movies this weekend, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a donation to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
If you’re curious what the movie is all about, check out the trailer below.
Why Pandas Lives Matter
I know it’s easy to think that A) what do some Panda’s in China have to do with me, and B) my small movie ticket contribution won’t make a change anyhow. However you’d be wrong if that’s what you were thinking. Panda.org points out one good reason we need Pandas, they play a crucial role in China’s bamboo forests by spreading seeds and helping the vegetation to grow. As a traditional wood alternative, bamboo grows much faster than trees and is therefore more environmentally friendly. It’s hardness also aids in durability for those bamboo floors you might be thinking of installing.
Going Green Can Be Easy
Earth Day is truly about recognizing the impact that we have on the Earth and forgoing the thought that what we do as individuals doesn’t matter. We all have a carbon footprint whether we choose to recognize it or not. With technological and modern advancements, implementing a greener lifestyle no longer implies a hippy lifestyle. I love shopping at Whole Foods as much as the next person, but it’s not your only option of going green. I mean, let’s be honest about those prices, lol. So here are 3 cheap and easy ways to go green:
1. Opt out of paper billing and choose electonic billing. Not hard right? If you’re worried you’ll forget, put a monthly reminder on your phone to sift through your inbox for your bills.
2. Give up bottled water. It’s convenient, I get it. But the number of filtration alternatives out there have made it not only easy but affordable.
3. Bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store and give up those plastic ones. To help you with this, always keep them in the car so even if you’re making an unplanned stop at the store, you have your bags readily available.
As with anything, implementing new habbits can take a while to adjust to. However, it can be done. Something that doesn’t need adjusting to is taking your family out to the movies, lol. So I urge you to make it out this weekend as it’s from these proceeds that you’ll help donate to the WWF and the protection of wild pandas and snow leopards.
To help contain your little ones’ excitement, have a go at these fun Made in China activity sheets.