Happy Earth Day!

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, In The News

Though I eat my fair share of granola bars, I don't actually fall into that category of people we often refer to as "granola." Nor have I ever hugged a tree. But I care about the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the world we are leaving behind.

There is no denying we've come too far. An ever-increasing number of chemicals pollute our lakes and rivers. Known carcinogens are added to everything from our shampoos to our food without being adequately studied. The rates of childhood cancers and other illnesses and disorders are going up and no one can figure out why. Crazy storms are wiping out cities as big as New Orleans. It's time to scale back a bit.

We, in the Western world, are the most privileged generation to have ever lived. We have more choices than are good for us, and armed with credit cards instead of knowledge, we continuously make poor ones. The "bigger is better" mentality has canceled out "less is more."

So today, let's celebrate this beautiful planet by making a promise to make better choices. It doesn't take a lot of money or a lot of effort. It's as simple as changing a lightbulb, or turning off the TV when you're not really watching it. It's about reading labels, asking questions, and cutting down amounts instead of trees. It's about taking the time to smell the flowers without getting pesticides all over your face.

Over the next week, we'll be bringing you lots of tips and information on easy ways you can make a difference. You don't have to change your whole life, but every small action leads to the greater good. You can also share your own Earth Day (or any day) green parenting advice and stories in via our comments or our tips box.

In the meantime, you can get ideas for how to celebrate Earth Day with your family here.

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