When it comes to being environmentally friendly, children are often miles ahead of us. A recent study of children found that young people are not only often more ethical consumers than their parents, but are more aware of global issues than some adults give them credit for. To build on this enthusiasm for all things green, parents are now looking to teach their children about the environment from a young age. So, here are some easy ways that you can teach your children to become the eco-warriors of the future:
1. Raise awareness about recycling
First, we need to lead by example. When out shopping with your little ones, make a point of buying products with recyclable or reusable packaging. And when at the checkout, bring your own bags instead of taking yet more plastic carriers. At home, dedicate a rubbish bin in your kitchen just for recycling. Your kids will soon see just how much trash your family can produce in just one day!
2. Lower food waste
Buy only what you need and your children what items you’re buying. Treat these items with care to teach them the importance of conscious shopping decisions. And at the dinner table, reinforce how important it is to leave a clean plate and not leave piles of food behind. When left over food is unavoidable, and if you have a garden, get kids involved in the process of composting.
3. Walk or bike instead of driving
Walking and biking don’t just help families stay active. By leaving the car in its parking space you’ll avoid adding yet more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and do your bit for climate change and be environmentally friendly. For longer distances, it’s also fun to sometimes take the metro or bus, and see parts of Dubai you may never have seen before.
4. Clean up while out and about
Tell your kids just how important it is to put their litter in a bin. And the next time you are out for a walk at the park or beach, turn beautification into a game. Whoever picks up the most litter, wins! Get a couple of litter-picking tools and your kids will soon be competing hard to clear up the most litter.
Earth School comes to Dubai!
We believe that children need to know how to care for our Earth and to responsibly interact with its diverse ecosystems. So, our Earth Club aims to mold students into the most environmentally-friendly generation yet. Through fun and stimulating activities our young rangers will learn how to cultivate responsible lifestyle habits including the importance of recycling in all of its forms. Find out more.