Children are like clay. They can be molded the way we want them to. As individuals who have had the luxury of having water, air and land usage, it is our duty to sow the seeds of love for nature in our future generations so that they can protect and look after mother earth. It is this future generation that is taking environment protection to the heart and have the ability to change the world.
The most inspiring example of how future generations can change the world is Greta Thunberg. This sixteen-year-old girl from Sweden launched the ‘Fridays for future’ movement encouraging children to skip school to demand action on climate change from their respective governments. At the tender age of 16, she has become one of our mother earth’s greatest advocate speaking up against climate change.
Young children care for the planet, nature and their surroundings in the sweetest and purest of ways. Our children deserve to inherit a planet that is not an environmental mess created by us. They should not be punished for the mistakes that we made and continue to make. It is for this very reason that adults should embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle so that the children adapt the same and embrace nature, becoming environmentally sensitive responsible citizens.
Here’s how we can teach our children to do their bit for mother earth:
·Encourage children to cultivate a relationship with nature. This can be initiated by motivating the children to experience nature completely by their sense of touch, sight and smell so that they can feel connected to nature.
·Be a role model for them by reducing your carbon footprint and not littering around.
·Take your children to the nursery and let them pick plants. Come home and ask your children to take care of the plants and watch them grow. They will feel personally responsible for the plant and will regularly water them and will take care of it. This will inculcate a love for nature and plants in them.
·Speak positively about sustainability and the environment.
·Make your commute, whether it’s to work, school, or the grocery store, green by riding your bike, walking, or using public transportation instead of using a car. Your children will learn from you and use eco-friendly transport when they grow up.
· Use reusable water bottles, portable insulated travel mugs, insulated lunch sacks, and reusable lunch container. Stay away from plastics as much as you can.
· Encourage your child to not use single-use water bottles and instead use re-usable bottles as well as lunch containers. Teach them the meaning of recycling and re-using so that they can set an example for their friends and peers.
Taking care of the environment is our responsibility but it is our duty to leave the land, water, air in the pure conditions we received them in, if not better. The earth is what all of us have in common. We owe it to our future generations to give them a sustainable environment. It is our individual and collective responsibility to preserve and care for the environment and world we live in.
The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” —Ernest Hemingway