Here’s how you can teach your child the importance of nature and environment on World Environment Day. There’s an old Native American saying, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, and we borrow it from our kids.” This brings a question to my mind about what kind of world will we leave our kids in? On the other hand, and more importantly, what kind of kids would we leave our planet to?
It can definitely be challenging to raise children in such a fast-paced techno-savvy environment. There are so many issues that need to be addressed – social development, education, emotional skills, social responsibilities, and more. As a result, we forget about our beautiful planet and all its voiceless inhabitants somewhere down the line.
So how do we instill empathy in our children for our planet’s fellow inhabitants and raise awareness of the atmosphere? Let’s start building a better and greener environment day tomorrow. Here are some tips on how to make environmentally friendly for your little ones.
Tips for an environmentally-friendly life
- Teach them how to save water: Turn the tap on only when you rinse your mouth, and not when you brush. Many of us are leaving the tap running. The same goes to wash your hands and your face. Turn the tap off while lathering. Turn it back on for rinsing. Use a mug of water, Else.
- Tell them to be more vigilant about using electricity: When your children leave a room, tell them to turn off the lights and leave. Tell your child to be more vigilant, and tell them to be responsible and turn it off when the lights are not in use at home or school.
- Supplement Plastic with Cloth: Switch to paper-wrapped lunches, or carry them in lunch boxes you can wash and reuse. Whenever you go shopping, carry a cloth bag with you.
- Organize the waste: Teach your kids what waste can be composted (food and vegetable waste), what can be recycled (old newspapers, aluminum cans) and what can be recycled (glass bottles, old jewelry). It would be a great way to teach them about sustainable living.
- Give them gifts of “experience”: Instead of toys that will soon be discarded or clothes that he’ll quickly grow out of, give your child an experience that he won’t forget. Take your kid hiking or rock climbing or bird watching. Tell him how important it is to take care of our feathered and furry friends.
- Maintain a pit of compost: Practicing the values you teach is the best way to help your child learn. Keep a small earthen pot where the daily kitchen waste can be compounded. Therefore, you can teach your child the scale and magnitude of the solid waste that a city is churning out every day.
- Don’t Litter: Your child would have noticed and experienced the waste on the streets around him. Therefore, teach him to take a conscious step against it.
Teach your child about the local flora and fauna: keep a small scrapbook of the trees around your neighborhood (press their leaves and flowers), the resident animals (either plumage or a picture) and teach him about habitat loss and how to survive in an increasingly unfriendly and non-green environment.