The Green Team hopes that many-young at heart as well as the Sunday School families-tuned in to watch and hear our virtual program in celebration of Earth Day. Some of the children dressed up in their superhero costumes and were actively involved in the play, written by Lorraine Horton and inspired by June and Marty at Pachamama Alliance, friends from Green Faith Circle of Southern New Jersey.
A number of folks were involved in helping with this presentation. Karen Widin had a key role in helping with the Zoom production, Brian Lestini introduced the program and showed the videos, Melissa Fenney and Peggy Marks worked in the breakout rooms-directing the children’s responses, Aren Duffy acted as a consultant, Kim Bohley and Amy from Green House Graphix helped to create certificates and Lorraine and I were the characters. We all had a wonderful time putting it together. The children eagerly took part in brainstorming their ideas about saving energy. They learned from the videos how to prevent food and water waste. Each child was emailed an Environmental Superhero Certificate to reward and inspire them to do their part and involve their families in their efforts to take care of God’s creation.
I promised that I would report their great ideas in an article in The Messenger for all of you to read.
- Turn off lights and use solar panels
- Only buy what you know you will eat
- Make sure no faucets are leaking and do large loads of laundry
- Eat food before date of expiration
- Turn off water when not using it (ex. brushing teeth)
- Plan meals ahead of time
- Turn off water when lathering soap
- Use timers on machines (sprinklers, lights, etc.)
- family feeds the apple waste to the squirrels after they make applesauce
- Take a shower instead of a bath
Tyler and Ashley Moore
- Feed compost to animals
- Water flowers using a watering can instead of a hose.
Other children suggested that we reduce, reuse and recycle, plant trees, fill up the dishwasher, use rainwater to water plants, use reusable bottle instead of a plastic bottle, use leftover water to water plants and use leftover food for another meal.
Aren’t these great ideas? I assured the children that you would be impressed. I sure was. We all need to practice being good stewards of this beautiful planet that God has so generously provided.
If you liked Mrs. Earthfair’s ecology jokes, here are the ones she used in the script and more!
How does a tree get on the internet?
Answer: It logs in!
What did the tree wear to the pool party?
Answer: Swimming trunks!
What kind of hair does the ocean have?
Answer: Wavey, of course!
Why did the firefly get bad grades in school?
Answer: He wasn’t very bright!
What kind of tree can you hold in your hand?
Answer: A palm tree!