Whether you choose to believe it or not, climate change is a reality, and there are thousands of things that you and your family could do to help and preserve a better environment. Earth conservation, for instance, is something that children can learn from a young age. And you, a trusted guardian, can teach them how they can do their part to save the world—one step at a time.
Recycle in Your Home
Have two bins—one for regular garbage and another for recycled goods, such as aluminum foils or plastic bottles and containers. Get your kiddos in on the research about how, what, and where to recycle. They should know all of the whys so they can better understand earth conservation. What you implement at home will likely be implemented in their own households when they grow up.
Talk About the Issues of Climate Change
Climate changes are a big issue and there’s a lot of ground to cover on the topic. However, you can research how to condense these issues so that children can understand them. From the ozone layers, to the melting icecaps—do your research, prepare your conversation, and encourage your kids to ask questions throughout.
Ask Them What They Think Would Make the World a Better Place
When children are presented with problems, their natural logic prevails. Kids can come up with lots of great ways to help or save something by just being given the opportunities to do so. After your conversations about earth conservations, ask your kids what they think would make the world a better place. Then ask them what those plans would be on a smaller scale that you could all do at home.
Encourage Volunteerism and Compassion
Earth conservation is about preservation of the creatures that inhabit the planet too. Encourage your kiddos to get active in the community as they get older. Volunteer at animal shelters, dole out food at soup kitchens, and genuinely care and be there for animals and fellow humans. They could even get less fortunate kids involved in summertime fun with an official cornhole game or a freebie lemonade stand. Children that are raised with compassion can make the world a better place.
A love for nature begins at home and from a young age. Instead of raising air-conditioned, electronics-addicted youngsters, allow them the freedom to explore the outdoors. Go to the park regularly, take nature walks as a family, and cultivate their love for nature by giving them the freedom of exploration to satisfy their innate curiosities about the world around them.