When told about the importance of protecting the environment, kids are eager to do their part. Kids, regardless of age or size, can learn how they can play an important role in protecting the environment for a better tomorrow. We all benefit when our kids become good stewards. Here are five simple and easy environmental tips to get them started:
Don’t be a drip. Earth is a watery place, but only 1% of earth’s water is useable. Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000
gallons of water wasted every year. That’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool! Turning off the water, in the am and pm, while brushing your teeth, can save 8 gallons of water per day. Make a splash and show off your pearly whites by not being a drip!
Unplug it. “Vampires” lurk in the shadows of your home. These phantoms bleed an average of $1,000 every year, up to 40 percent of all electricity, from your home. They are disguised as cell phones, video games, appliances, computers and TVs. Combat these suckers and save by using power strips and pulling their plugs.
Switch it off. Do you like ice cream? If you answered yes, make a family pledge to turn off lights when you leave a room for one week with the understanding that ice cream is the reward. An average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. By turning the lights off, you’ll save the money needed to get more ice creamy treats.
Recycle. Recycling saves energy and money, creates jobs, saves landfill space, and gives us clean air and clean water. A survey of ten northeastern states found that they employ 103,413 people in recycling. Without recycling, a family of four throws away about 2,000 pounds of garbage each year. A lot of what you throw away could be recycled, about 75% actually. Be recycling smart and do your part.
Reduce. A child taking a disposable lunch to school generates an estimated 67 pounds of trash per school year. An economical and easy way to reduce this waste is take a “no-waste” lunch to school. Readily available in today’s market are reusable water bottles, containers, sandwich wraps, silverware, napkins and lunch sacks. Go waste-free and save money and the planet!
By getting our kids to play a role in protecting our environment, together we will make our homes, businesses, communities and planet brighter and healthier today, tomorrow and always.
Denise Carleton & Mary Nix a/k/a Petunia Garner, Co-Founders
Reaping Nature Productions, LLC & Reaping Nature Educational Outreach Foundation, Inc.
On-site environmental education programs for schools, clubs, civic groups and organizations.