We love the planet, most of our friends love the planet, and we may have in-laws who love the planet, but what about our children? Teaching children to be environmentally consciousness and to love the planet they live on can be difficult at times. However, it is a very rewarding experience. One that will continue to benefit the Earth long into the future.
Think back to how your interest in the planet was sparked. Perhaps you always appreciated nature, but when did you first start thinking of how your actions impacted that nature? Many of us struggled to grasp this concept as adults. The lucky ones were those who were taught this as a young child.
When a child learns to be environmentally consciousness it is far more likely to follow them into adulthood. Eco-friendly kids usually grow up to be eco-friendly adults. They then teach their children the same concepts and the desire to preserve the planet continues to spread through generations and through mixing families. It’s a beautiful process, but it has to start somewhere.
If you’re already taking a serious interest in the environment, then it has started with you. Don’t let the ball stop there. Take the steps to teach your children to environmentally aware. As mentioned, it won’t always be easy, but luckily, you can learn from the experiences of those who have already achieved this goal. Here are a few pointers.
Start With A Love For Nature.
Most parents will agree that the best place to start is by fostering a desire for the outdoors. Kids first learn to really appreciate the outdoors. They later take an interest in protecting and preserving that place they love so much.
This isn’t just theory either: it’s supported by various studies. The sum of the results of these studies shows that children who spend a lot of time outdoors between the age of 5 years and 10 years are far more likely to foster a deep love and appreciation for the environment. They create memories of the outdoors that they carry with themselves for their rest of their lives and continue to enjoy as adults.
Then Foster An Understanding.
Teaching a child about nature is important as well. They need to learn about the many different organisms that inhabit this earth along with humans. There are a lot of fun ways to teach children about plant, animal, and insect life and the best route really depends on their age and the type of learner that they are.
For example, there are companies that sell products known as “butterfly kits”. It is basically a small environment where a child can watch a caterpillar grow into a butterfly before being released into the wild. Of course, an even better option is to find an actual caterpillar going this metamorphosis in the wild.
Bird feeders around the home are a great way to attract local birds. The more time the children spend watching an interacting (to whatever degree possible) with nature, the more they will enjoy learning about it.
Once a child has a love and understanding of nature, you can easily teach them how to be aware of their own actions and the impact they have. They are usually more than happy to do what is necessary to keep the planet safe and the preserve the nature they’ve grown to love.