Connecting children with the environment works best when parents lead by example, use hands-on activities and make it feel fun.
So, here are 3 easy tips provided by an independent boy’s school in London to help your child become more environmentally conscious…
1. Go outdoors
Outdoor adventures encourage children to engage with nature. They also help to teach children about environmental issues, such as deforestation and pollution. Through exploring, children learn to appreciate and respect the world around them, which will hopefully contribute towards a better planet in the future.
2. Let them help
We should all be doing our very best to recycle as much as possible. Encourage your child to get involved with recycling at home from an early age. Get them to help you wash and sort your household rubbish. You should also talk about where your waste goes and why recycling is important to our planet.
3. Switch off
Talk to your child about how they can save energy at home on a day to day basis. Train them to switch lights off when they leave a room, and to unplug their devices overnight. Encourage them to take part in environmental events such as Earth Hour. Earth Hour was started by WWF in 2007. Every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour encourages people to switch off their lights to show support for our planet.
4. Save water
Encourage everyone in your household to stop wasting water. This means teaching your child to turn off the tap whilst brushing their teeth and to take quick showers rather than long baths. Also washing children’s clothes each time they wear something is a waste of water, so it is important to teach your child to check if their clothes are truly dirty before they put them in the wash basket.