We are all suffering from the consequences that we brought upon ourselves when we first started neglecting our environment. Global warming was raised as an issue, and we continued to ignore we thought that was impossible. Then, we also thought plastic was the best invention there is until we realized that it had affected our planet and slowly, our world is dying. And now, even our mental health, (psychologists warn) are affected by this.
“Global warming has added an extra layer of anxiety to what people are already feeling,” said psychologist Sandy Shulmire.
In the 21st century, we already witness the vast difference in climate and nature we once enjoyed when we were kids, now has become landfills and pollutes bodies of water. Do we want our children and grandchildren never to know what it’s like to swim in clear blue waters and go for a walk amongst forest trees without a trace of garbage? Do we want them only to hear stories of how beautiful our world was once? We would love for them to experience all that we had experienced without the worry of pollution and other toxicity around us. So let us teach them how to be more environmentally conscious and start teaching them at an early age. This article will give you tips on how you could show you, kids, be more intentional with the surroundings.
Spend time outside with nature. Educate your kids and have fun activities that will also let them understand the importance of taking care of the environment.
“Just a five-minute walk before you get in your car to go to work or hole up with your computer in your home office can not only give you an extra boost of motivation, but also give your thoughts some time to settle and get organized. So resist the urge to occupy yourself with your phone while you do it!”
—Andrea Bonior, PhD, clinical psychologist
Recycling. If you have plastic bottles and single-use plastic containers at home, you can teach your kids the importance of recycling and how to recycle while making it a fun activity that your kids would surely be interested in. This way, you are not adding to more pollution, and you and your kids can bond.
Conserve water and food. Explain to them that conserving water and food is a crucial step to help the environment and that they should also be conscious of how they leave food out to spoil or throw out leftovers. They can have chores that let them practice food and beverage storage so you can save on food waste.
Encourage your children to use environmentally friendly means of transport. Teach your kids to walk or ride a bike when they want to go to a place just near your house. Explain to them that using a car to go to a nearby site can add to air pollution.
Love of animals. Animals around the world are also greatly affected by the changing environment. The demand of people for food and supplies leads to deforestation that causes animals to lose their habitats and to go extinct slowly. By knowing how to recycle and to save water, food, and energy, you can tell your kids that they are making a huge difference in saving animals by doing simple tasks at home.
Did you know:
“Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.” – Lawrence Robinson and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.
Gardening. Teaching your kids to be eco-conscious through gardening will let them experience the importance of taking care of plants and soil and to allow them to enjoy planting their food. You can make this experience educational at the same time enjoyable.
Tree planting. Let your family participate in environmental programs that let you plant trees, or you and your family can make your activity that will encourage your kids to plant trees. Explain to them that as they grow older, the tree they plan will also increase, and when they have their kids, they will benefit from this.
DIY projects. Instead of buying something from a store that uses plastic or non-biodegradable containers, why not make your own at home? This can be a fun activity to do with kids while also saving a ton of money. You can even be sure that whatever you are doing with your kids, it contains ingredients or materials you approve.
Homemade cleaning products and solutions. This can also be considered as DIY projects to do with your children. Explain to them that using natural and environmentally friendly ingredients are 100% safe than chemical cleaners. This will ensure your family’s safety and lessening chemical pollution to help our environment.
Cleaning. We don’t want to see any litter around. The right attitude for that starts at home. When you teach your kids how to clean up for themselves and where to throw trash, they will adopt this as they grow older and be a disciplined person.
Community efforts and projects. Teaching and letting your kids join these projects will let them learn more about the environment while exploring nature. This can help them appreciate what they are doing and have a sense of responsibility.
You are watching movies and cartoons in saving the environment. What kid doesn’t love a good cartoon show right? It is fun, and at the same time, educational, and your kids would understand the importance of saving the environment.