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The importance of being more aware of the need for protecting our environment has become a worldwide famous topic which should concern each of us. Extreme climate changes, heavy pollution, and the constant reducing amount of natural resources have made us all realize how the negligent actions of the humanity can affect our planet and by default the quality of our lives. Thinking about what we are going to live behind to the future generations has made parents take action and get involved in the cause of protecting our environment by educating their children and cultivating environmental awareness in them. There is nothing we can do to change the past and all the actions which have damaged our planet, but we should definitely focus on the future in order to make it better and brighter. Since our future arises from the future generations, cultivating environmental awareness in children is an extremely important task which any parent should be incredibly considerate about. Today’s kids are going to be the ones who will educate the future generations. So, we have a great responsibility in ensuring and cultivating the important value of protecting our Mother Nature in our kids in order for the young children from today to have a brighter perspective which will grow into great attitudes which will positively influence the humanity and the world our kids will live in.
Be a good example
No matter which important life lesson or value you wish to teach your child, you need to be aware that the power of example is indeed extremely crucial. When they are little, children have very little knowledge about everything from the world that surrounds them, which is why they turn to their parents to help them understand how they should react, think, or feel about a specific thing. Children tend to imitate their parents because they believe that what their parents do is the best way to react to what they come across with. If you wish for your child to learn how to protect the environment by having a healthy lifestyle without negligent actions which negatively affect the environment, you need to show him or her how to do it. A child who sees his or her parents throwing garbage on the ground instead of throwing it in the trash can is more likely to imitate this behavior and perceive it as a good habit. However, if by using the power of example and practice eco-friendly habits yourself to teach your child environmental awareness from a very young age, your kid will definitely grow to be an environmental-friendly person who practices the same habits as you did when he or she was a little child.
Organize community cleanups
Community cleanups are a great way to teach and engage your child in the initiative of protecting the environment. There are numerous benefits from organizing a community cleanup such as teaching your child what teamwork means, help him or her with social interactions with your neighbors, cultivate environmental awareness, being active outside rather than sitting on the couch all day, and, of course, have a cleaner and healthier environment at the end of the day. Children have a lot of energy which they need to consume and tend to get bored incredibly fast of the things which they are doing if there is no fun. So, you might think that engaging the children from your community in a cleanup day event might be a difficult challenge. However, if you find a fun way to do it, kids will be extremely willing to be part of this action. For example, you could create and engage them in a fun competition by challenging the kids to be the ones who collect the biggest amount of garbage and offer a prize for the winner. Also, you can use the fun of metal detecting and create a treasure hunting contest for the kids while collecting garbage and cleaning your community.
Take your child in nature
The best way to cultivate environmental awareness in your child is to let him or her fall in love with all the beauty of nature. It is easier to teach a child why he or she has to be careful about the actions which he or she makes if a sense of protection of something loved is cultivated in your child’s heart. From a very young age, take your child in nature to experience the beauty of Mother Nature, fresh air, breathtaking sights, and the peaceful feeling of being surrounded by green and singing birds. By taking your child in nature, not only that you are definitely going to raise his or her interest in the grace of nature, but it is also a great way to help your kid improve his or her baggage of knowledge by learning different information about different plants or animals.
Plant a tree
Planting a tree together with your child when he or she is at a young age can have a huge impact on the way that your child will grow as an environmental-aware adult. Apart from the fact that you teach the importance of plants to for fresh and high-quality air, you also plant a story to remember in your child’s heart which will shape the perspective your child has upon nature. After several years, when the tree will grow together with your child, it will have an extremely meaningful value in your child’s heart which is going to make him or her realize the importance of being considerate about the actions which might destroy the environment.
As suburbs continue to expand by parceling nature off, the air quality is getting lower due to heavy pollution from heavy traffic in large cities, and numerous different types of animals disappear due to the lack of natural habitats, cultivating environmental awareness in our kids is a great way to shape better future adults who will follow the initiative of protecting our planet and ensure a healthy environment for the future generations.