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As parents, it’s our civic duty to impart the knowledge of how we should take care of our planet and the importance of it to our children. Activities can be as simple as sorting our litter correctly and walking more to conserve our fossil fuel consumption. This can all, in turn, add to their quality of life. Teaching these valuable lessons from an early age will create life-long habits that will serve your child in years to come. Do you want to raise an environmentally conscious child?
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An Appreciation for Nature
The easiest way for you to get your environmentally conscious child to develop a love for the planet is to spend time in the open outdoors. There are so many things that you can do. Go on a nature trail, a bike ride or camping as a family. Experiencing the fresh crisp breeze and exploring biodiversity will create something for your child to hold on to.
Get Them into Recycling
Plastic can take up to 100 years to decompose. That’s longer than any single one of our lifespans for a hazardous object that may be thrown out to sea. Teaching your child the importance of recycling and how to do it correctly will save us all from the chaos that awaits us.
There are many steps to recycling correctly, one of which is to clean all empty food containers and bottles. Failure to do this can result in contamination and bulks of otherwise perfectly recyclable waste ending up in the landfill.
Instead of taking the car, where possible walk or cycle with your child and highlight the issue of air pollution. Making fewer journeys will help to reduce co2 and nitrogen oxide emissions that are hazardous to the environment and human health. This will be a big step in raising an environmentally conscious child.
Caring for Animals
Trips to the zoo or adopting an endangered animal can help your child to appreciate animals and their natural habitat that we threaten. Educate your child on animals that are now extinct like the dodo. This will help your child to grasp the sense of urgency needed to protect them. For this, you might want to create an illustration of how climate change works in a way that is easy for them to understand. This can help make your child develop a love for animals and a desire to want to protect them.
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