Kids and Climate Change
I have been thinking about this past Sundays Oscars. And I have been thinking a lot about Joaquin Phoenix and his speech. The fact is, climate change is real. And it is our kids that are going to face the mess we along with previous generations are leaving behind.
So how can you as a parent, teach your children the value of activism and taking personal responsibility to combat climate change?
Here are ten ways that you can involve your children in climate change activism and teach them how to recycle and reuse.
There are beach cleans, lake cleanups and urban cleanups most weekends nationwide and they are usually kid friendly. Organizations like the Surfrider Foundation have local chapters that host cleans and events. A clean up will help you and your child understand firmly that there really is no such thing as “away” and that single use is not responsible.
Reduce Single Use Plastics
Teach by example with the use of reusable coffee mugs and water canteens. Get your children ones of their own. They can decorate them and put their names on them.
And remind them why you use them. That will help them feel personal responsibility to take their canteen with them. It will save you money on drinks and could even curb the purchase of sugary sweet beverages. And remember to give them personal utensils and reusable straws for their lunches.
Teach Them How To recycle
By identifying what to recycle and going to the recycle depot with you, they will learn good habits. And it will help both you and your children realize how much further you have to go to be more sustainable. The less you have to recycle the better. So set goals for your family.
Make Vacations Teachable Moments
There are many eco destinations and eco tours available worldwide. So consider taking your children on a vacation that provides climate lessons and helps them understand compassion for Mother Earth and all its species.
Summarize The News
There is nothing harder for a parent than having to give your kids bad news. However, it is important that your kids hear from you first and foremost, what is happening with the planet and what they can do to be good citizens of the earth. And there are great books that help teach children about climate change.