DIY: Earth Day Projects & Activities

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 50,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Earth Day could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which economic growth and sustainability join hands. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.

Earth Day official site

Here are some ideas to throw an Earth Day party like gifts, party favours or simple activities to do with your kids explaining why we celebrate Earth Day. Go check our infographic with the best recipes for Drinks, Salads and Desserts for Earth Day!

Party ideas | Activities

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Paper Mache Light-up Globes
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Seed bomb gifts for Earth Day
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Peace on Earth Globe

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Double Food – Environmental Pyramid model

The food model traditionally adopted in the Mediterranean countries (particularly in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and southern France) is characterized by its nutritional balance and is in fact recognized by many food scientists as one of the absolute best for what concerns the physical well-being and prevention of chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases.

This is the food model that has been considered for the construction of the nutritional part of the Double Pyramid, introduced in 2010.

Maintaining the nutritional part of the Double Pyramid and replacing the environmental one with the revision that resulted from the elaborations of this new edition, the following is the updated BCFN Double Pyramid.

The Double Pyramid for adults

Originally Published on Barrilla

A model for people’s wellbeing and protecting the environment

What is the environmental impact resulting from production, distribution, and consumption of food? To answer these questions, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition created the Double Food – Environmental Pyramid model, a tool that compares the nutritional aspect of foods with their environmental impact.

A unique food model created to protect the wellbeing of people and the environment

The environmental pyramid was created by studying and measuring the impact of foods already present in traditional food pyramids on the environment, and placing them along an upside down pyramid, where foods placed at the lowest level (at the peak of the triangle) have the lowest environmental impact. Placing the two pyramids next to each other, the “Double Food-Environmental Pyramid” allows people to see seen that the foods that area advised to be eaten more, are also, generally, those that have the lowest environmental impacts. On the other hand, foods that are advised to be eaten less are also those that have a greater environmental impact.

The Double Pyramid for growing children

For the construction of the Double Pyramid “for those who are growing”, the same approach was employed as the one used to achieve the “adult” version by placing alongside the usual environmental pyramids, the food ones that had been made by taking into account the nutritional needs of children and adolescents. When considering children, or more generally, people who are still growing (up to 20 years of age), certain foods take on a different importance. The guidelines of the USDA – United States Department of Agriculture (one of the references considered), suggest a different distribution of sources of protein – especially meat – than that of adults, without affecting the mode of reading the double pyramid: foods with the lowest environmental impact are the ones most recommended for consumption.

Summary of macro-guidelines for healthy growth

  • Adopt a healthy and balanced diet that daily alternates all the main foods that supply all the nutrients and micro-nutrients (calcium, iron, vitamins, etc.) that children and adolescents need.
  • Avoid excessive intake of calories by consuming high-calorie or high-fat foods.
  • Divide up the intake of nutrients during the day in a balanced way, ensuring that there is a balance between animal and vegetable proteins, simple and complex sugars (by eating less sweets and more bread, potatoes, pasta or rice), vegetable and animal fats (using less lard and butter and more olive oil).
  • Reduce the intake of salt to a minimum in order to reduce additional risk factors for developing hypertension, especially in adulthood.
  • Distribute food intake over five times in the day: breakfast, morning snack, lunch, snack and dinner.
  • Avoid eating food outside the five times previously identified.
  • Engage in physical activity for at least an hour a day, including that of both sports and just playing.
  • Minimize a sedentary lifestyle as much as possible, particularly the time spent in front of a video screen (television and computers).

GOOD FOR YOU, SUSTAINABLE FOR THE PLANET

Source:
Barilla website

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Foods and Meals for when you travel by Plane

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Originally Published by The Kitchn

Packing a meal for the plane has become essential, but also more complicated, thanks to tighter security. What can we carry on the plane? Here are some answers — and fresh ideas (also for kids)

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