Showing Kids The Eco-Conscious Way Through Life – From Day One
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about showing kids the eco-conscious way through life.
Becoming a parent has a large environmental impact. According to Science Alert, that can result in as much as a 25% increase in emissions, resulting from the various steps that need to be taken to raise a happy and healthy child. Offsetting this can come through one simple, and perhaps obvious outlet – raising eco-conscious children. Taking steps in every single part of your life to impress upon kids the challenge that climate change poses, and the bounty that the natural earth provides, will help to tackle threats to the environment long after your children have grown up.
Building the home
The family home is the ideal place to start this education. According to NPR, one of the most important steps to take when it comes to educating children about the environment is showing action. Demonstrating exactly what it will take to tackle climate change is important, and can be explained through sustainable improvements in the home itself. The bank doesn’t need to be broken; simply insulating the home, involving children in this, and talking about how it can reduce emissions while making a more comfortable home is a great way to teach.
Embracing low waste lifestyles
Food waste is a huge environmental problem, both in terms of waste creation and in terms of the emissions it creates that are, for all intents and purposes, useless – there’s no gain from the fuels burned to create wasted food. Interestingly, being wasteful is certainly a learned behavior, according to Science Daily. As a result, you can generate positive lifestyle habits and conscientious children by minimizing waste and recycling such as copper recycling and server equipment recycling, or composting, from day one.
Becoming one with nature
There are huge benefits to showing children nature and encouraging them to love being in nature. According to the National Wildlife Federation, this includes health benefits both physical and mental, improved academic performance, and a greater curiosity and imagination. Creating a genuine connection for wildlife will build an appreciation and moral passion for it, increasing knowledge of how climate change will impact nature and change it irrevocably.
Children raised with eco-conscious ideals will be the next generation of switched-on adults who will defend the environment, and push back against climate change. This is a necessary part of protecting the environment, and creating a better future for every family.