Every person living on earth has a responsibility to ensure that the planet is taken care of. The population is increasing while natural resources are being depleted. Today, there is need to recycle paper, metal and plastic, utilize alternative fuels and generally live a lifestyle that is more sustainable. The older generation needs to go the extra mile and teach their children to live sustainably. Here are 5 tips that can help you effectively teach sustainable living to your children:
Demonstrate – Children mimic what you do, not so much what you say. This means that it is up to you to demonstrate and set an example of what it means to live sustainably. Use less power and water, recycle and where possible use a means of transportation that also promotes sustainable living. Let your words accompany your actions.
Make it fun – Teaching your children to live sustainably does not have to be a drab experience. They tend to relate well with animals, so teach them how their actions affect them. Watch ‘Planet Earth’ or ‘March of the Penguins’ with them so they can understand.
Get them involved – When kids are young, they often desire to help their parents. This is a great time to get them involved with living sustainably. Teach them to recycle, and to help you with household tasks using cleaning products that are natural. This will give them a great start. If yours are a little older and into their teenage years, have projects that you can enjoy with them such as selecting and installing bamboo flooring. Gardening is another great place to involve your kids. Have a vegetable garden where you can grow organic herbs and veggies.
Green Themed Books – Many parents can be found reading stories to their children every night. Why not make it a green-themed story. This is a story that will teach your children to live sustainably and to be good stewards of the planet. Since children often want to hear a story many times over, you will be ingraining these values in them with each retelling.
Volunteer – Take up volunteer opportunities that have to do with the environment and be sure to take the kids along. These can be cleanup jobs in the neighborhood or the local park. Teach your children to take pride in having a clean and beautiful neighborhood. You will also be teaching them why it is important to volunteer, something that we all could use. Our charity partners, such as Bye Bye plastic bags, Solemen and other non-profit organisations need more people like you. Contact them should you wish to volunteer on particular cause.
Children do what their parents do. With the right instruction, your children may inspire other children to start living sustainably. Support us and our charity partners in providing a better world for you and your little champs!