5 Ways to Make Kids Aware of Environment Conservation
Raising environmentally friendly children doesn't involve large initiatives like installing solar panels. You can achieve results through simple everyday actions.
Children are the future. They have the power to make this world a better place. Let us raise children who are sensitive to the environment and can think beyond themselves. A brighter world needs children who respond to the environment and respect their natural spaces.
These are 5 ways in which you can ensure that your kids adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Show Them You Care
An action is worth millions. Lead by example. We all have heard of the term 'recycle, but we will talk about 'precycle''. This concept focuses on reducing the waste accumulation before it is designating as waste.
While packing lunch boxes, use recyclable containers and cloth napkins. Whether you are shopping for clothes or groceries, opt for a reusable bag. Use non-toxic cleaners in the house and explain the reason for making this decision to your child.
Ask children to inform you about leaking pipes and faucets. Train your kids not to waste food and if required put food back in the refrigerator.
Print as less as possible. We all need hard copies of important documents, but we must understand that using excessive paper is detrimental to the environment. If you set the right example, your child will also follow suit when it comes to homework and projects.
Teach children not to throw away the previous academic session's notes. Ask them to connect with students of a batch junior to them. Many would be more than happy to receive this support.
Water is Precious
Did you know that kids can make an enormous difference to water conservation?
Warm water can be soothing and mesmerising. A waterproof shower clock may be a great environmentally conscious investment. It will help you encourage your kids to take shorter showers. Reinforce the fundamental rule of turning off the water while brushing the teeth and lathering the hands.
Use waste bins for disposal of tissues papers, paper towels, and even dead bugs. Don’t flush them as an average flush uses about 5 gallons of water! Even the low-flow flushes use 1.5 gallons. So teach children not to flush unnecessarily.
With so many electronic gadgets at home, it's rather easy to forget to turn off something. Teach your children to turn off the lights the moment they leave a room. Their toys don't require electricity! Use stickers as reminders.
Use energy saving bulbs in your home especially in your child's room. They may be marginally more expensive, but they compensate by saving on your electricity bill. Teach them to lower the air conditioning when it's not necessary, especially between seasons.
Car pools are splendid fun and environmentally friendly. Attempt it at least once a week. Encourage children to cycle to their school, park, hobby class, and friend's place. It's a great exercise as well.
Instead of idling the car when in the parking lot with full blast AC, tell children to roll down the windows to get some fresh air.
Encourage Self Realisation
Take the initiative to inculcate love for nature within your child. If they love, they will learn to care. Furnish opportunities for them to be with nature and enjoy its serenity.
Instead of always purchasing expensive gifts to make children smile, offer ‘experience’ gifts like rock climbing and camping. They will not only remember such experiences all through their life but develop a genuine appreciation for their surroundings.
Volunteer for tree planting and cleanliness programmes with your kids. Work in unison in a garden or compost project.
It's not only about the environment. It's about a thought process. Teach your children to be happy with less. Let them understand the value of what they have and not keep yearning for more. Motivate them to repair and reuse their existing items. Remember it's the mindset that counts.
Raising children who are aware of their impact on the environment can take you a long way in employing environment-friendly regulations.