We live in a time where the Earth has taken a lot of beatings. Raising kids to be earth-conscious is quite easy if you lead by example.
It is the responsibility of us all to take care of this beautiful world and to conserve this home in which we live together. There are so many things we can do and so many steps we can take.
Here are some ways we can make changes and become better citizens of the world that we hope to live in happily for many generations to come.
RAISING KIDS TO BE EARTH CONSCIOUS
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If we want our children to be individuals who are conscious about the Earth and know how to conserve its resources, we must set the example ourselves. As a parent, you have the best chance of reaching your child with this message. There are so many things to do though and so many things to consider. Where should you start?
IN THE BATHROOM
Because of all the water (and electricity) that is used within the bathroom, it is a great place to start. Having a shower instead of a bath saves large amounts of water.
When you brush your teeth, turn the water off every time. Every little bit of conservation helps. Don’t flush the toilet needlessly, and don’t use the toilet to flush things like tissue paper that you only blew your nose into… use the garbage instead.
Use your towels more than once instead of washing them every time you use them. As an alternative, you can keep two towels per person and rotate, so that you use the first towel for your daily shower, the second one for the next, the first one for the third day, and so on.
IN THE LIVING ROOM
Are you like many families who have a huge collection of electronics in the living room? And are you aware that when items such as television and stereos are plugged in, they are using energy – even when the power is off? Plug your cords into a power strip and turn it off when not in use.
Use blackout blinds on your windows that will keep out the heat in the summer, and hold the heat in when needed in the winter. When you are in the living room enjoy your time there, but when you leave the room, turn off all lights and entertainment. By simply turning the lights off when exiting every room in your home, you can cut down your electricity bill substantially.
IN THE KITCHEN
A lot of unnecessary water and electricity is used in this room alone. Almost every new dishwasher has an energy saver cycle, so use it. Own enough dishes so that you are able to wait until the dishwasher is full before running it. When washing dishes by hand, or rinsing, run a certain amount of water in the sink, and then turn on the tap only when actively rinsing a dish.
Fill up your garbage bags before taking out the trash. If you find you are taking out half-filled garbage bags, then buy smaller ones so that you are not needlessly wasting plastic every time.
Instead of throwing away scraps of fruits and vegetables, consider attempting to compost your leftovers for the garden. Your old scraps can turn any garden into a rich and healthy environment with not much effort on your part.
IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Purchase an energy-efficient washer and dryer. Wash larger loads instead of several smaller ones. Choose an environmentally responsible laundry detergent. Avoid chemicals and choose a natural, non-toxic type. If your climate or the size of your home allows it, hang your laundry to dry when possible instead of using the dryer.
Your child can take a stand for the Earth at school informally as well. Give them a few ideas and see what they choose to run with. How about a competition between him and his classmates to challenge each other to cut down on their amount of trash, including packaged food wrapping?
Teaching your child to be Earth-conscious is quite easy if you lead by example.
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