Just before Christmas, Aurora's Brownie Troop made coupons as Christmas gifts for their mothers and fathers. The coupons read:
- This coupon entitles you to 1 big hug.
- This coupon entitles you to 1 set table: knives, forks, spoons, napkins and even beverages.
- This coupon entitles you to the last cookie, serving of ice cream, bit of chocolate milk, you name it and it’s yours.
- This coupon entitles you to 1 story read by me.
- This coupon entitles you to have me pair all the socks in a load of laundry.
- This coupon entitles you to one boardgame played with me.
- This coupon entitles you to 1 chore: pick up the living room, vacuum, wash the counters, you name it, I’ll do it.
The girls enjoyed decorating the coupons and wondered how their parents would react to each one. The activity was a success. The Brownies liked the idea of giving their mothers and fathers time, affection, labor, indulgences and activities.
As the new year approaches, I wonder about gifts for the planet. Pledges and promises of conservation, awareness, protection and stewardship are the valued gifts we need to shower upon our Earth. Think about our beautiful planet, then think about your place in the world. How can you make a difference, what can you do to make the world a better and healthier place? Once you have settled on your pledges, go out into the woods, stand by a river, sit on a beach, visit the natural setting that inspires you to pledge your allegiance to the planet and say those pledges out loud. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- I pledge to use less water.
- I pledge to hold a year-long litter cleanup campaign: When I see litter I will pick it up.
- I pledge to become a member of a local or national environmental organization, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club,World Wildlife Fund.
- I pledge to learn more about an endangered animal and will tell others about it.
- I pledge to reduce my use of plastics.
- I pledge to learn the definition of sustainability
- I pledge to buy local foods.
- I pledge to learn the real story about global warming.
- I pledge to grow a least one type of food, tomatoes, beans, corn, spinach, lettuce, this year.
- I pledge to use less fuel.
- I pledge to recycle.
- I pledge to stop drinking bottled water.
- I pledge to hike trails, canoe on rivers, walk beaches, kayak on lakes, summit mountains. I will enjoy and appreciate our natural resources and natural settings.
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Happy New Year from Barking Frog Farm