Earth Day 2011

To tell you the truth, I’m a little bummed that Earth Day falls over Spring Break this year, because I always enjoy singing earth-related songs with my students and watching them go outside and plant trees on this day.  But it’s currently raining cats and dogs, so I doubt there would be much planting going on anyway.

So Sadie and I are having our own little Earth Day celebration at home right now, as I’ve been going through some fun YouTube videos to share while she watches over my shoulder :)  Here are a few worth checking out on this day.

  • Heal The World: I know this Michael Jackson song is a little cheesy, but I still love it.  When I was in elementary school, we put on a musical called Gonna Have an Earth Day, and this was the closing song.  It gives me the warm and fuzzies when I listen to it, exactly 20 years later.
  • The Three R’s: Jack Johnson reminds us to “reduce, reuse, recycle” in this great song, which is one that I love to sing with my students.
  • Good Green Earth: This is one of my highest-viewed YouTube videos, and it features the song “Good Green Earth” by James K.   I think this is my #1 favorite Earth Day tune.
  • Recycle With Me: The list would NOT be complete without a song from Bobs & LoLo, one of my favorite children’s singer/songwriter duos.  “Recycle With Me” is not only fun to sing, but also very educational.

Oh, and here’s a cool fact about Earth Day for you.  One of my wonderful sponsors, Susan Seale of Make Me Musical, recently wrote a blog post in which she shares that her husband, Nigel Seale, is actually the founder of Earth Day Canada.  He also served as the global chairman of Earth Day in 1991 and 1992.  How cool is that?!

Happy Earth Day to each and every one of you.  How will you celebrate and do your part to make the Earth a better place?