Part of our role as parents is to teach our children about the world and encourage them to care for it as well. We are, after all, raising the future generation who will be responsible for nurturing our planet. We must teach them about how humans have damaged the planet, and how we can recover – with their help. Read on for some advice from an independent school in Hertfordshire on how you can encourage your child to be more environmentally conscious.
The home environment
Learning starts at home, so think about how you can teach your child about the environment by referring to everyday activities and objects. Talk about where gas, electricity and water comes from and how we need to conserve energy as much as we can. Train them to switch lights off when they’re no longer in a room and tell them why you’re only filling their bath half full. Ask them to identify areas where energy is being wasted needlessly, like leaving a phone plugged into a charger overnight, and encourage them to check in their room for other energy-draining devices which could be switched off.
Teach your child why we recycle and what happens to recycled material. Explain which bins are for plastic, paper, cardboard and food waste, and encourage them to put their own rubbish in the right bin. When the bin men come, explain what they’re doing and where the rubbish is going, being clear about how this benefits the environment. Teach your child that we all have to do our bit to safeguard the environment.
The best way for children to learn about the environment is for them to spend time in it. You can search for litter and talk about why it’s bad to throw litter outside and how it affects wildlife. Look at how trees have been cut down to make way for houses and talk about the impact humans have on the natural world. Just spending time outside will help develop your child’s appreciation of and respect for nature, and hopefully, nurture a desire to preserve its wonders for years to come.
It’s never too early to start teaching your child about the importance of protecting our environment and how it will be their generation responsible for that in the future.