This year we are observing 50 years of International Earth Day. What should be our take as parents? Is there anything we could do to contribute to the planet we live in? How can we teach our children about environmental issues?
For most of us, Earth Day is just like any other day. I think we must celebrate Earth Day regularly in our life. We, as humans often neglect the source of our existence, which is Mother Earth.
With increasing environmental issues, air and water pollution scarcity of clean air and food, the Earth is suffering. The year 2020 is remarkable as we celebrate 50th International Earth Day and we are facing a global pandemic that has succumbed to our life for a while. If we don’t take environmental issues seriously, we will surely be in great trouble which can lead to severe damage to life on earth.
There are great initiatives taken by environmentalists to support the greater causes of Earth. But major changes will not happen till the time we do our part. We must think of planet Earth as our responsibility and just not take it for granted. The best way to contribute to nature is by educating our children about the facts of nature and ways of conserving our planet.
Just as we teach our children to learn what is included in their academics, it is equally important to teach them the importance to preserve nature and show them the right path to do so. Therefore, to help you, here are the 5 crucial life lessons that you can teach your child at International Earth Day.
5 crucial life lessons to teach your child on International Earth Day
1. Keeping the environment clean
Just as we keep our possessions clean, it is important to keep our environment clean. This includes no use of plastic and other material that pollutes the environment. Teach your child alternatives for plastics and why we should keep our surroundings clean.
2. Conservation of resources
At my home, my child is aware of if the taps are mistakenly running or the fan is on without a purpose. She has learned this from us. So practice conservation and resources are valuable. Talk to our child about how important is water for us to live and how we can save water, electricity and other natural resources. Also, talk to them about the less fortunate who are deprived of these basic necessities in life.
3. Stop unnecessary buying and start recycling
Regularly we create enough waste, it there any way we can reduce our daily waste? Take a look at your lifestyle and ask yourself what can be done to reduce waste. Explain to your child why we need to reduce daily waste. You would notice that there are less asking for unnecessary buying of stuff your child. Involve in recycling projects with your child to teach them how to use a product severally to reduce waste.
4. Food is precious, don’t waste it
There are so many people and even kids who don’t get the required amount of food each day. It is essential for us to understand that food is valuable and we should not waste food at all. Teach your child how we get food such as the source of food and the process it goes through before reaching us. Such information will help them build respect for food in their mind. Tell them how hard the farmers work for them to bring food to their plates.
5. Sharing to preserve nature
Sharing is perhaps the most essential life lesson that you can teach to your child. By sharing what they have, they will not only make a move to use a thing to the fullest but also become a humble human being. Especially sharing resources with a less fortunate will help your child to develop a feeling of fulfillment and he will likely become a humble and caring human being as he grows up.
What activities can you practice with your child to promote Natural causes?
- Talk to them about the importance of nature and its preservation
- Take them for a tour to the local zoo and botanical garden to make them aware of the living organisms which contribute to the ecosystem
- Involve in activities that require recycling of old material
- Use fun and creative ways to teach them not to use plastic
- Watch movies and documentaries that promote a natural cause
- Plant more trees
Celebrate each day in your life as an International Earth Day
Why celebrate Mother Nature just one day in a year? Conservation and care are something that is required every day to bring this earth in harmony with mankind. Regularly practice your vows on protecting nature and teach your kids to do the same and make this earth a better place for your child to live in the future.
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