With global climate predictions reaching home, the responsibility to do something to save the planet has become everyone's concern. Our personal energy-conscious efforts definitely combat this issue. It is only natural that we should want to pass this same mindset on to our children. Fortunately there are many ways we can teach these values to them. Here are four ways to show them how to lead the same environmentally friendly lifestyle you do.
If our children see us taking steps to save the environment, that example will stay with them. If we recycle, cut down on our energy consumption, and use recyclable products, they will come to understand it as something that people do. Earth friendly habits started while children are young will stay with them the rest of their lives. It will also give them a sense of respect for the world around them, and the other creatures we share this planet with.
Buying a water purifier to lessen the demand and use of bottled water will teach our children that it is possible to limit the use of plastic. Give them an earth-friendly container that can be reused, and fill it with the water you purify at home. Let them know there are alternatives to buying bottled water.
Explain to your children the importance of clean water. You can further save its overuse by limiting your time in the shower and turning the water off while brushing your teeth. These small acts of conservation will accumulate as we teach the next generation to do the same.
There are many ways we can teach our children to limit their use of electricity. During the day, stress the importance of natural light. Open the curtains and shades and let the sunlight fill your home. This will get them accustomed to natural light, and they will be likely to want to implement it in their own homes as they mature.
Teach your children to always shut off appliances, televisions, computers, and lights when they finish using them, or as they are leave a room. Take them shopping with you when you buy energy-saving light bulbs and appliances. Explain to them how these things not only save energy, but that the green mindset is also helping save the planet itself.
Consider going an hour without electricity – no video games, lights, or television. Sit around together as a family, and explain by candle light how people used to live without electricity. Discuss how they might have entertained themselves back then. Also teach them about alternative forms of energy like wind and solar.
It's also in your best interest to shop around for the best energy rates. Watching their parents live thrifty, energy-conscious lifestyles will rub off on kids. You can also teach them about how the various laws and regulations surrounding energy consumption work – for example, it might be valuable to teach them about Texas’ history of deregulation and discuss how that has shaped energy policies across the country.
Enjoy the World around You
Take your children with you for a walk. If you can to a nature trail, excellent. If not, even a walk around your neighborhood will help them build an appreciation for the world they live in. Point out the plants and animals you see along the way. Give them a bag and let them help you clean up the litter, bettering the environment you share as you return home. Stress how keeping the planet clean is beneficial for everyone.
We tend to think of energy as a right. In so many ways our lives revolve around its use. But being responsible with it -- and teaching our children to be responsible -- will ensure that we will be able to utilize it for generations to come. Read more about this on this website so your children and you can enjoy the best world possible!