Sunday, July 25, 2010

Teaching children to care for the environment


With all the environmental disasters and lack of concern by so many, one has to wonder how we can change our habits to be more mindful of our environment. Perhaps we just need to take the time to 'teach the children well.' Remember that line from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or maybe I'm dating myself? It's important though to start at a young age to instill in children a sense of caring and pride for their environment and the earth. Of course, we need to model the behaviors ourselves by doing our part, whether it be recycling, growing our own veg, planting trees, eliminating excess packaging or volunteering for a clean up. Children are exposed to so much and often they get mixed messages or just don't understand why we need to act. Usborne book, Why Should I Bother about the Planet? teaches about mankind's effects on the planet and how we can reverse them. Topics include climate change, recycling, energy sources and the little things we can do to make a difference. We have
to hope for the future and our children are the future.
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