By Raquel Pacheco
Children are our future, and with the ongoing battle against climate change, there has never been a better time to teach your kids about ethical living. Research reveals that children learn by copying the behaviour of those closest to them- so if you’re aiming to introduce your kids to the sustainable culture, it’s always a good start to evaluate your lifestyle to see the areas in which you can improve in.
The small day-to-day choices we make in regards to the environment can have a substantial impact on your children’s behaviour and future decisions. So if we actively decide to take more care of our environment, it will be more likely that our kids do the same.
Since we already recommended the ultimate guide to create a sustainable home, we decided to take the next step and give you the best tips on how to introduce sustainability to your children. Here are our suggestions:
Encourage your children to make things last
One of the most significant issues our society faces is our need for consumption. We live in a consumer society where new things seem much more appealing than our old belongings. Sometimes, it may seem easier to buy new stuff instead of taking care of our own, but by teaching your children to use and take care of their possessions, whether its toys or clothes, you will not only be teaching them how to be more sustainable but also to consume less.
Shop with them
As we mentioned before, your children will learn through example. A great way to introduce your children to ethical living is taking them to shop with you, either thrift shops or the grocery store. Thrift shops are a perfect example of recycling since the entire concept of the business is based on it. It’s an excellent opportunity to teach your kids about doing something good for the community since most thrift stores are run by charitable organisations.
Going to the grocery store together will also serve as an example of helping the environment. By explaining to them the benefits of buying eco-friendly products and asking them to help you choose organic products, you are gradually educating them about sustainability.
Read educational books about climate change
Reading books together has always been a perfect educational activity as well as a way to bond with your children. You can use this activity as a way to tackle subjects like climate change or recycling. There are so many options which encourage children to learn and act instead of paralysing them with fear. Some good options are “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” by Chelsea Clinton or “The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge” by Joanna Cole.
Conserving water and energy use together
Conserving water and energy is one of the most efficient and easy ways of helping our environment. However, children may have a hard time trying to understand that electricity is typically generated from non-renewable energy resources and that reducing our water use consequently reduces carbon emissions.
So instead of telling your children to stop using so much water or to turn the lights off, try to make it more appealing to them. A good idea to implement an understanding of this would be by showing them some educational videos or infographics which explain why conserving water and energy is necessary.
If you’re interested in learning more about sustainability in order to teach your children, you can also read our article about the 5 top books on sustainable culture.
Have you thought about any other ways in which you can teach your kids about sustainability? Let us know in the comments below or comment on our instagram page @keiseimgz .