Going green isn't just about making sure you do a bit of recycling or ditching the car at the weekends. A huge part of being eco-friendly is about teaching the next generation to go green too. Getting the kids involved with eco-friendly activities from an early age is a great way to instill in them a sense of environmental responsibility. This guide comes from PassSmart and is designed to help you help the kids become little eco-warriors!
Ditch the textbooks
Learning about the environment, global warming and pollution in the classroom isn't particularly exciting. By teaching the kids about the effects of global warming in fun ways, you're much more likely to inspire them to be eco-friendly in the future. Thinking of fun and informative ways to teach the little ones about preserving the environment is the perfect way to kickstart an interest in the subject.
Teach them about things they can relate to. Take a trip to a windfarm and explain how they work, or teach them about where their rubbish goes when it's not recycled. Explain what effect cars have on the ozone layer, and how – in years to come – they'll probably be driving electric, eco-friendly cars instead!
One of the best ways to get kids excited about the environment is by getting them to grow their very own produce. Whether it's herbs on the windowsill or vegetables in the garden, this introduction to nature can be really exciting for the little ones! This is a great family activity and they'll be more likely to eat their greens once they've watched them grow!
Crazy for cars?
Transportation is one of the greatest causes of pollution in the world, and if your kids are into anything with wheels, use that interest as a way to teach them about new eco-friendly technologies. Kids who love technology will be pleased to hear that being eco-friendly isn't all about Mother Nature, and that science can also offer a lot when it comes to looking after the earth.
Hopefully the interest in eco-friendly transport and innovative technology is something which will stick with them until they're old enough to get behind the wheel!
Lead by example
The greener your own lifestyle is, the greener your kids will be used to being! Lead by example and think about ways you can make your lifestyle more eco-friendly. Take more family walks and enjoy being active in the fresh air. Take to two wheels at the weekend instead of four, and enjoy getting active in the outdoors.
After all, the more the kids get a chance to enjoy the natural world, the more passionate they will be about preserving it!
This content was provided by Isabelle from British company, PassSmart.com. PassSmart is a service for learner drivers and driving instructors, many of whom offer eco-lessons.