The word ‘green’ is a real buzz-word these days, and for good reason; taking care of Mother Earth isn’t only important for the planet, but it’s important for all who live on it. By being eco-conscious, we can help to avoid exacerbating environmental issues that already exist, and preserve the earth for future generations. Plus, being eco-friendly can lead to a happier and better quality of life.
In order to really keep the earth healthy, it’s important for all generations – especially children – to understand how important it is to take care of the environment. By teaching your kids how important the environment is and how to live a more sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle, you can make sure that your whole family does their part to keep the planet healthy.
Teach and Appreciation and Respect for Nature
Nature is everywhere, and it doesn’t take much to see how our actions can impact it. Visit a location that is littered by debris that people have left behind and it’s easy to see how what we do can affect the environment.
Teach your kids how important nature is – not only for humans, but for all animals. Partake in activities together that will better the environment. Organize litter pickups; plant trees; discuss how plants are not only beautiful, but they are a life source for all life beings.
When you teach your kids how important the environment is and work together to improve it, you will help them understand the importance of taking care of the environment – and help them to develop a more eco-friendly lifestyle, too.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It’s easy for kids to overlook the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. They are bombarded by advertisements that encourage them to want more, more, more, which not only teaches them to be materialistic, but implies that the things they have can simply be trashed when they want to get new.
Discuss the importance of “less is more” and how that philosophy can do wonders for the environment. Reuse items that they already have, turning them into new items that they can enjoy; tie-dye a stained T-shirt instead of throwing it out, or turn plastic containers into toys instead, for example. Show them how to properly recycle, including what items can be recycled and where they can find locations to recycle, both in and out of the home.
Teach Water Conservation
Water conservation is an important aspect of living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Though most of the planet is covered in water, clean, drinkable water is a limited resource. The less water we use unnecessarily, the more clean water is available for consumption.
To teach your children how to conserve, discuss the importance of this aspect of sustainability and talk about ways you can work together, as a family, to reduce the amount of water you use. You could limit showers to a certain period of time (place a waterproof clock in the shower so your kids can keep track of how long they have been in it,) and turn off the water while brushing teeth, for example.
Get Kids Involved
Read books and do research on the Internet to teach your kids about the importance of keeping the environment healthy; there are tons of eco-friendly websites and books that are designed for children.
After doing some reading and research, ask your kids to share their insight and ideas regarding ways that they can live a more sustainable lifestyle that will be good for them, and everyone else on the planet.
One of the most important things parents can do for their children is educate them about important issues and prepare them for the future. By raising eco-conscious kids, you can help to secure their future – and the future of the planet.
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