It is no surprise that kids love nature. Whenever we go to the park with them, when we go biking or hiking, it is easy to see children connecting with nature and enjoying being outdoors. This is why it is important for us as parents to teach them about the environment and the importance of taking care of the planet, especially nowadays, when we are living in a critical moment that calls for change. Therefore, we are bringing some essential and simple tips to help us make our kids more aware of environmental education.
Make them aware of water waste. One of the best ways to help our kids realize the importance of protecting the environment is by making them aware of water waste. We use water every day, and for all kinds of tasks, like brushing our teeth, doing the dishes, washing clothes, showering, etcetera, and reminding our children to turn off the tab when we are not using it, for example, is a simple but meaningful change.
Remind them to turn off the light. Leaving the lights of an empty room on is one of the biggest energy wasters at home. Besides resulting in higher electricity bills, energy waste can have a serious impact on the amount of carbon emissions generated by home energy. So, we should teach our kids to turn off the lights of a room when we leave it, as well as unplugging cellphone chargers when we’re done using them, not leaving TVs or computers on when not being used and change our regular lightbulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs.
Avoid buying disposables as much as possible. Single-use plastic and other disposables have become some of the biggest pollutants, as non-biodegradable materials such as plastic take hundreds and even thousands of years to decompose. Therefore, we must avoid using disposables and, instead, start using recyclable containers to pack our children’s lunch, use cloth napkins instead of paper ones, and encourage using reusable containers for our drinks, like coffee mugs and water bottles.
Teach them how to make compost. Kitchen waste doesn’t have to end up in the trash, as there are many elements there that can be used on a compost pile. By teaching our children how to separate waste and learn about the process, they also become aware of how we can reuse and recycle what we think can no longer be used, thus becoming aware of the importance of recycling.
Don’t forget about outdoor trips. As we mentioned above, kids and teens really enjoying being in touch with nature, so we should try to go on hiking or biking trips as often as we can. Whether we take a quick trip to the nearest park, or we drive to a national park, spending family time outdoors is a great way to teach our kids about environmental responsibility. This way, they will remember what could be lost if we don’t make a change before it is too late.