The Green Kids Club!
What is the
Green Kids Club?
Join kids from all over the world in learning about the earth and its citizens, both human and animal kind. Quiz yourself on your animal knowledge, have fun reading and playing games, and challenge yourself to help our planet! Along the way you can earn points and rewards, too.
You are! But you can follow along in the worldwide adventures of boys and girls in our books, too. Maya, Victor, and Tiago are siblings that can talk to animals. In their travels around the globe, they meet all kinds of people and animals that need their help.
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Join our Green Kids Club! Do Green things and not only will you get awards from us, but you will make a difference in saving our planet and its animals.
February is National Bird Feeding Month, as well as these specific days:
Penguins are often depicted as cute and cuddly waddlers in an icy landscape, but they really are pretty amazing creatures. They may be awkward on land and unable to fly, but they swim like torpedos - some can swim over 20 mph, while others can dive to depths of 1,000 feet for food. Since they eat fish underwater, they often ingest sea water, so they have special glands that can filter out and excrete excess salt. Their feathers are soft and sleek for swimming, but they have many layers to keep them warm in temperatures as cold as -70F near the South Pole. There are 18 species of penguins, and about half of those are threatened by competition from fisheries, invasive species, and the effects of warming oceans.
As we get decked out to celebrate love this month, it's worth checking into whether or not your beauty products love the earth (and you!) back. Between difficult-to-recycle plastic packaging, microplastic and chemical ingredients that wash down the drain, and animal testing, the beauty industry has a lot of room for improvement. For example, around 70% of cosmetics contain palm oil, which is a leading contributor to tropical deforestation. Microplastics (added for filler, viscosity, or glitter, etc.) are so small that they pass through wastewater filtration systems, attract toxins, and subsequently enter the marine food chain. As if that wasn't enough, the FDA is slow to ban harmful chemicals (only 11 banned in the US, as opposed to 1300 banned in Europe and Canada) from being used in beauty products.
So do a quick audit of your self-care supplies to see how they rate in regards to your health and the health of our planet. There are earth-friendly products out there, and if we speak with our voices and/or our wallets, the giant beauty industry just might listen. If you need help, the CHOICE app can recommend specific eco-friendly and cruelty-free products to swap in when greening your routine.
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