All parents want their children to grow into respectful adults, and productive members of society. If you raise a child to become just that, then you did your job as a parent. In order to achieve this goal, a parent must raise their child in a way that instills positive values into their brains when they are young. Many parents already know about the obvious values to teach their children such as respect and honesty, but there is one value that goes overlooked. That value is care for the environment.
Caring about the environment is something that is extremely important for a child to learn. It not only will benefit humanity as a whole, but it will also teach them to care about something other than themselves, and thus will make them more empathic. Thankfully, parents are beginning to understand the importance of this value, and as a result, we now live in the most environmentally conscious time period in all of human history.
According to a recent bespoke study conducted in the UK and America, half of digital consumers say environmental concerns impact their purchasing decisions. This study proves that people are becoming more and more concerned about how their every day activities may impact the environment. In this article, I will discuss four easy things that families can do in order to go green, help preserve the environment, and teach their children an often overlooked important life value.
Reduce Electricity Use
Reducing your electricity use is one of the easiest ways to go green and help preserve the environment without changing your lifestyle. Despite what many people believe, energy is not an unlimited resource, and if you teach your child that, it will make them become more aware of how much of it they are actually using. Reducing your electricity use does not mean you have to watch less TV or spend more time in the dark. Just by simply unplugging common household appliances that you aren’t currently using, you are reducing your electricity use. If you do decide to watch less TV or spend more time with the lights off, that certainly will make a greater impact than just unplugging unused appliances, but if your main goal is to just reduce your electricity use by any amount, it is not necessary. Reducing your electricity use will help the environment, teach your children to not be wasteful, and save you money. Everyone wins!
Have Energy Efficient Appliances
If you simply change all of your current household appliances to ones that are energy efficient, you are doing the environment a huge favor. Energy efficient appliances do the same job as regular ones, but they use less resources to do so. Not only are you helping the environment by doing this, but you are also saving money in the long run on your energy bills. Installing energy efficient stoves and fridges in your home is a great first step to making your home environmentally friendly. However, if you really want to set an example for your children and make your home fully “green”, you might want to consider installing eco-friendly, washable and reusable air filters. These types of air filters are much more eco-friendly than traditional ones, and are much easier to clean as well.
Recycling anything that is able to be recycled is something that everyone in the world should be doing. Plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, glass bottles, old newspapers and magazines are all things that should be recycled. Recycling these items and explaining to your child why you are recycling them and how it benefits the environment is something really important to do if you want your family to “go green” and be environmentally conscious.
Bring Your Own Shopping Bags
When you go shopping, try to always bring your own bags with you. The reason for this is because most stores only have plastic bags, and plastic bags are bad for the environment for a multitude of reasons. Emphasize to your child that you are bringing your own bags when you go shopping because plastic bags are made from oil, which is a nonrenewable resource, and that plastic bags can potentially disrupt wildlife. Studies show that if 25 percent of American homes used 10 fewer bags a month, we’d save 2.5 billion bags each year. If you choose to reuse old bags or just stop using plastic bags all together, you would really be helping out the environment tremendously.
In summary, taking care of the environment is extremely important for the future of our planet. If you have a family, setting the example of “going green” for your children is something very important to do when they are young so that they grow up with the correct core values in life. If every family just followed these four steps, not only would the environment benefit in the short term, but it will benefit in the long run as well.