Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd of April, and is celebrated worldwide. With society being more environmentally conscious, Earth Day has become hugely significant since the turn of the century, although the first Earth Day was in 1970.
Getting children into the habit of looking after our Earth now means they’ll look after it well into adulthood and pass their values on to future generations.
If your child already knows what can be recycled, a good idea would be to hand over some responsibility to them. They’ll enjoy having that responsibility and will take great pride in it.
Another thing to be aware of is the use of microbeads in household items. These tiny beads of plastic are found in products such as shampoo, face scrubs and soaps, and toothpastes. They’re harmful to marine life and the food chain. Some companies have pledged to phase them out, but a government ban is only in the planning stage at the moment. Look out for ingredients such as polyethylene, polypropylene and polymethylmethacrylate – these are all plastics.
With the weather getting better, take the opportunity to go for a walk in a nearby forest or field and talk about what plants, animals and insects you see. Explain to your child about habitats and even where resources such as paper come from.
There are a plethora of resources on the internet that can help you and your family become more environmentally friendly. How do you do your bit for the environment? Let us know on Facebook.