Earth Day Writing Prompts & Bonus List of Environmental Topics— Earth Day (April 22nd) brings students an opportunity to examine their relationships with the environment and to think about how their lifestyles affect the world around them. Environmental concerns are a big topic today and students can benefit from figuring out how they feel about these issues.
The following 53 journal prompts will ask students to consider some tough questions, such as whether or not it’s necessary for people to own cars and what will happen to the Earth if people don’t recycle.
With these journal writing prompts, you can encourage students to think about important issues while helping them to learn the value of their thoughts. They’ll love the chance to develop creative new ideas!
Enjoy the listing below of Earth Day journaling ideas!
53 Earth Day Writing Prompts
- Why is it important to recycle?
- Does your family recycle?
- We are lucky the Earth provides us with…
- Do you think your family could ever grow some of your own food?
- What are five ways our school could start recycling?
- How could saving the environment make people healthier?
- I believe in helping the Earth because…
- What policies could our city make to save energy?
- Write a letter to a local politician about the importance of saving the environment.
- Is it necessary to own a car?
- Today, I will __________ for the Earth.
- I see the effects of pollution when…
- Create five Earth Day slogans to promote recycling.
- When I recycle, I feel…
- How can we use fewer natural resources?
- Make a list of everything you can think of to recycle.
- I am thankful for __________ resources, because…
- How can you teach people about the environment?
- What are some great strategies for the environment that are already in place?
- How can technology be good for the environment?
- Do you think it’s easy to forget to recycle? Why is it so important to remember?
- Do you know of any recycling options in our community?
- Brainstorm some alternative fuel ideas. How would these be good for the Earth?
- We must preserve nature because…
- Do you think using reusable bags at stores is helpful and worth the energy they take to make?
- How could your family start saving gas?
- I will begin using less __________ in my house.
- The biggest example of waste I’ve ever seen…
- What is the best way to help the environment?
- Why do we need to take care of the Earth?
- Why is littering so bad?
- What is the best way to make a recycling program for our city?
- What is your commitment to the environment?
- How could you start saving paper at school?
- What do you appreciate about the Earth?
- Think of three Earth Day messages to get people to use less water, fuel, or electricity.
- Do you think your family could use less water?
- How does helping the environment benefit animals?
- What are some of the benefits of eating organic foods?
- Where do you see the most trash? How does it make you feel?
- Buying things used is a good way to…
- It’s important to have Earth Day because…
- What are some ways your family could save energy?
- Is it better to reuse or to recycle?
- People don’t realize the Earth is…
- Is it better to use paper or plastic?
- How can I cut back on waste?
- How could our city have better public transportation?
- When I grow up, I will __________ for the environment.
- What do you think the most endangered part of the Earth is?
- What happens if people don’t recycle?
- Where is the most beautiful nature in your town?
- What does it mean to live simply?
Journaling encourages students to really delve into their own thoughts and opinions. Each page offers them the chance to make their voices heard. This chance for expression can boost students’ self-confidence because it shows them that their opinions are significant and worth hearing.
And, as they practice their communication skills on paper, students will feel more comfortable voicing their own opinions in the “real world.”
A Few Words on Climate Change
It’s worth noting that environmentalism and environmental issues are a concern for people of all ages. We all hear messages about how human beings are changing and affecting the health and wellness of planet earth.
Often they are very distinct types of messages which are, sadly, negative and scary, and disempowering.
This is why…
Yes! Individuals Can Make a Difference
Ask your students to identify one simple effect of at least one specific action they can take to address the list of environmental situational prompts and topics listed below.
Have students share their feedback and thoughts on the environmental benefits of addressing these topics.
But first, have your students consider the following question:
What effect does the attitude of people have when it comes to getting them to make changes for the good of the earth?
Read that question again.
Note: This question points to an “attitude-behavior gap in relation to sustainability and… refers to a situation in which ‘individuals exhibit positive attitudes but fail to execute on these attitudes by engaging in responsible behaviors.'” ~ see source here
Yes, you see, attitude is a far bigger environmental factor than many people realize.
Perhaps, the participants in your classroom could have a general discussion as to their behavioral intentions compared to the quality choices they are — or are not — making in their daily lives when it comes to saving the earth.
Ok, now to that list of environment-themed prompts.
10 Environmental Prompts
(AKA How to Save the Environment Topics for Writing)
Take a look and explore these prompt ideas about the choices humans are making and their effects on the environment.
- How does the continued utilization of plastic water bottles and plastic bags affect the environment?
- What are the new modes of transportation you think can improve the world?
- Explore water consumption rates at home and around the world and their effect on our planet.
- What is the main difference between energy consumption and energy use and how do they each affect the earth?
- Lower levels of gasoline use and higher levels of alternatives to fossil fuels can help the earth by…
- How has air pollution changed over time in the US and the world?
- What environment-friendly action can you take today to make a difference?
- Is there an environmental benefit to buying local products?
- What level of motivation do you think the majority of people have when it comes to making changes for the benefit of planet earth?
- What behavior change (or changes) would be needed to eliminate single-use plastic goods?
- What is attitude-behavior consistency in terms of saving the earth?
- What do you think is the most useful tool to address climate change?
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Links & Resources
While not all directly related to Earth Day or the Environment, you may find these writing resources helpful. They are a wonderful compliment to the idea of being aware of ourselves and how our choices affect the world we live in.