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"We Each Have Something to Contribute"
JOIN IN ON SOME Y.O.U. FUN FOR A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION!
- "The Misplaced Generation: Bringing Our Young Adults Home" (Rev. Ytonna Finnegan, Rev. Linda McLeod, & Miranda Baker, C.S.E.) The UWM Young Adult Team offered a survey asking many of these former and current Unity attendees what draws them to Unity, and why they may choose to leave or return. The data is in and the results have been compiled. Helpful resources: Young Adult Survey Results, PowerPoint Presentation
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UNABLE TO ATTEND THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE - Deepening our Spiritual Conviction, Creating a Whole New World. Take a look at the following videos and if your inspired to do so, donate to the SE Region by clicking on the following link: https://seunity.
Unity of Gainesville joins in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day 1970- 2020
Walk the Talk -- As the EarthCare message seeps into the hearts and souls of youth, they may be inspired to start a project with their family or in their neighborhood.
Some examples of what this community group can look like in action are:
Book club and/or Family film discussions on environmental topics
Outdoor garden and/or tree planting
Local service projects/community outreach (e.g., pick up litter in surrounding parks, playgrounds, creek beds)
Field trips to sacred sites or nearby trails
Household Recycling or composting
Assist in changing lighting to LED or more economic bulbs
Plant a community vegetable or herb garden
All of these possibilities will not only help to retain and invigorate youth, but can excite adult community members. This is also a perfect way to bridge the generation gap and for youth and adults to work together on a shared purpose.
Here are some fun resources for kids to learn and do: Go to National Geographic for Kids or go to Clarksville Now
Music Music can be inspiring, encouraging and provide hope. Check these songs out by clicking them:
YouTube celebrates Earth Day
Movies about the environment: Classic movies for younger kids are Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and FernGully: The Last Rainforest. The Disney film Earth, released on Earth Day 2009, celebrates the natural wonder and beauty of the planet.
Documentaries: Luckily, Netflix has plenty of documentaries the kids will actually love watching with you, including BBC’s Life, Hidden Kingdoms, Planet Earth II and Chasing Ice.
If your children are interested in reading material about the world around them.
“Dawn Publications has inspired countless readers to embrace and protect the natural world, and we are honored to continue that mission for generations to come.”–Kelly Barrales-Saylor, the editorial director for Sourcebooks eXplore.
https://dawnpub.com/new-home-for-dawn-books/ Excerpt from this website….
Another Corona virus online read for kids How kids can use 12 powers to overcome fear
Make it meaningful for Kids
Hike somewhere new
Plan a special meal using only local foods
Make a nature mandala with found objects
Create an Earth Day message for others with rocks or chalks
Test your toilets for leaks with food coloring
Make a pact to stop using plastic water bottles
Read an inspiring environmental picture book
Make some art using recycled material
Go on a hunt to local water reservoirs, towers and treatment plants
Turn down the heat and declare it "sweater day"
Donate to an environmental charity
Go on a photo scavenger hunt
Avoid single-use plastics for the day
Fill a bag with garbage from a playground
Start a worm composter
Plant a tree, flower or seed...or anything
Start a vegetable plot or garden pot
Explore a local stream or pond
Build a stick fort outside
Start a wonder collection of natural objects
Let your yellow mellow for today
Try to live for a day without making garbage
Avoid buying anything new today
VOTE TO MAKE EARTH DAY EVERY DAY!
Lead by Example:
Help clean up litter.
Take recyclable materials to a recycling center (for more info on recycle do’s and don’ts, visit Waste Management’s website).
Compost at home.
Turn out lights when not in use.
Don’t waste water.
Reduce fuel emissions by walking whenever possible.
Program the thermostat to be more energy-efficient.
Reuse and repurpose rather than using disposable items.
Have an Earth Day block party: Invite all the kids in the neighborhood to plant gardens or trees and pick up trash.
Volunteer: Participate in fundraisers for ecology and animal projects.
Donate time: Head to the local recycling center
Go green challenge: Walk, bike, carpool or take the bus for a week, teaching your kids how to reduce greenhouse gases.
Adopt a road: Just google “adopt a road [your state name]” for info on adopting a road for trash pickup.
Read a book: From younger kids learning the importance of recycling (Why Should I Recycle? By Jen Green, The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle by Alison Inches) to tweens learning about the environment through the eyes of a robot (The Wild Robot by Peter Brown), there are plenty of books that’ll help get the message across.