While not an “official” holiday, April Fools’ Day aka All Fools’ Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It’s a day that can be filled with not so funny, not so clever, and not so nice pranks.
Since April also brings us Earth Day, I got to thinking that maybe April Fools’ pranks should get people’s attention by advocating something positive for our environment. Here are just a few ideas that I came up with.
How many times can a duct-taped, post-it covered, packing peanut covered cubicle be funny? Turn the tables and organize a cleanup; hand the pranksters trash bags, or better yet, reusable bags, and have them collect these now wasted items, and then lead them on a field trip to the recycle containers, or take them to the nearest recycling center during lunch.
Turn the conference room, cubicle, office, or a room in your home into a mini beach, rock or zen garden. You don’t have to make a real mess when you bring in sand for these, you can just make it look like you did. Fill up a box or several boxes, or even box lids with sand, white rocks or gravel, and then add your beach or garden items like an umbrella, blankets, towels, rocks, chairs, benches and of course greenery.
Since April Fools’ Day falls on Meatless Monday, why not “fool” your carnivore loving family members by making them an all vegetarian meal using meat substitutes? Serve them vegetarian sushi or vegetarian burgers. Just make sure whatever you serve is one of your tastiest recipes. Not only will they be fooled, but they might actually consider changing their diet as well.
For that climate change denier in your family or close circle of friends, why not make a contribution to your favorite environmental organization in his/her name? A couple of my favorites include the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists. Note: you might want to make sure they have a good sense of humor and your relationship is close enough before you do this one.