Teaching Kids about Recycling and the Environment

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Teaching kids about the importance of the environment is a lot easier than you may think. Kids are receptive to doing work, especially if they know what’s at stake, and may already have learnt about recycling waste paper or the damage caused by single-use plastics at school. Protecting the planet is a big issue ‒ and getting kids environmentally savvy and aware of the big picture is an important step to raising awareness for the future. Transforming lessons into practice takes a bit more work, but if you can make green activities fun, there’s a better chance your kids will practise what they’ve learnt.

Simple Recycling

Bottles, waste paper, aluminium cans ‒ they’re probably a frequent sight in everyone’s houses. Recycling is one of the simplest things you can teach kids. From providing bins for separated rubbish to a regular trip to the bottle bank ‒ you’ll soon be off to a great start. It’s easy for kids to segregate and they’ll probably maintain the practice as long as there are recycling bins around. If you have the time, maybe you can take your kids on a tour of an actual recycling facility. Your kids will be thrilled to see where their recycling efforts lead to, and they’ll also see the effect of recycling on a much bigger scale. Don’t forget to teach them why it’s important to recycle and how it benefits the environment.

Conservation At Home

Apart from recycling, conserving utilities at home is also a simple way to teach your kids about the environment. It might be a bit harder to get them to turn their lights and fans off, or keep their shower time short ‒ but a little knowledge about the planet’s limited resources, and practising what you say, can be enough to influence their daily practices. Outside the house, a community activity can also be a big help in making your child aware of just how many people care about the environment. Park clean-ups and tree-planting are fun activities that also serve to bring awareness to environmental issues.

You cannot save the environment on your own, but by encouraging others, the environment becomes their concern as well.