When going about our day to day activities, it can be easy to forget that each and every one of your actions can have a larger affect on the state of our environment. Simple acts like driving a car each day to the decisions you make while shopping can ripple out and impact the future of our larger global community. While your kids are still young, encourage them to be more aware of some simple tips for curbing their overall carbon footprint. You will be surprised by how the littlest changes in your family’s outlook can start to evoke changes in everyone’s routine.
Environmental concerns are on the rise as parents have become increasingly worried about the world their kids will soon in inherit. To do your part to combat negative environmental changes, provide your kids with the information they need to start making conscious efforts in their daily lives to create change. For example, a handful of elementary schools in California’s Redondo Beach Unified School District recently began promoting a program that encourages kids to walk to school one day a week as part of a new “Walking school bus.” On that day kids refrain from riding the bus and are instead picked up by parent volunteers that organize for supervised groups of kids to walk to school together. While this might not be the most practical means for you to get your kids thinking more “green,” here are a few easy habits you can teach your family to help do their part for the environment.
- Turning off and unplugging electronic devices when they are not in use.
- Walking or biking to local destinations.
- Only run your washer & dryer at capacity and when possible, use cold water.
- Taking shorter showers.
- Buying energy efficient appliances.
- Start regularly using reusable shopping bags
- Consider buying locally grown and organic foods.
- Teaching them the basics of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
There are so many ways for you and your family to act more “green” and do your part in offsetting our generation’s carbon footprint. Do your kids practice any helpful habits like these? Remind them that changes like these come easy when families and communities work together. And, for fun activities and crafts that can help teach kids the importance of Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling, stop by JumpStart’s Pinterest, today!