Ways Children Can Help in Protecting Mother Nature

by | Jan 7, 2022 | Featured Article | 0 comments

Children can contribute a great deal protecting Mother Nature and ensuring a livable planet for their generation.

The planet belongs to the future generation. That is why we are desperately trying to protect our wildlife and preserve the planet species so we can live behind a livelier and habitable planet. But the battle against climate change and destruction should not be exclusive to adults. While reading wildlife books such as Nicki Geigert’s children’s photo book on yawning lemurs is a great way to educate themselves on wildlife, children must actively participate in protecting Mother Nature and its inhabitants. We created a list of items that we think children can do to help take care of our home planet.

The first three items on our list are the most common for saving the planet. This waste management slogan is easy to remember and, more importantly, doable even for the young.

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Reduce. It’s important to instill the value of reducing or creating less waste among children. Reducing our use of non-recyclable materials and other things that we do not need can significantly help our planet breathe. Instead of using plastic bags, children can use lunch boxes for their lunch. When doing groceries, ask them to bring their own bags. Lastly, it’s essential to understand that they don’t need to buy what they do not really need.

Reuse. One way to also minimize waste and garbage is to practice reusing old items instead of constantly throwing things or buying new ones. Kids must understand that they don’t have to own new clothes or have the latest gadgets to look cool in school or at home. Adapting the Reuse principle means abandoning the consumerist mindset.

Recycle. It’s probably the most identifiable word in the group. Recycling begins with properly disposing and collecting waste. Segregating or sorting waste into groups allows us to identify which items can be recycled, processed, and disposed of. Teaching kids how to divide and classify waste empowers them to be conscious waste managers. Each year, tons of trash finds its way into the ocean and the bellies of whales, dolphins, and other marine life. This is just one issue we can avoid if we manage our waste well and recycle as much as possible.

The next part of our list highlights the value of saving and conserving resources. The Earth’s resources are not limitless, and one day, if we are not careful, primary resources such as oil, water, and electricity might run out.

Conserve Energy. Electricity and power run on coal power and oil, and someday these resources will run out. Although we can harness the power of water, sun, and wind to generate electricity, we still need to conserve energy. From managing gadget use to pulling out plugs when not in use, children can save energy every day.

Conserve Water. Often, we think that water is one inexhaustible natural resource. Yet there are many countries deprived of clean drinking water. Conservation of water in homes and school is something that children can do. By turning off running faucets and not wasting precious water during bath time, kids are helping the planet save an essential resource.

Conserve Lights. Telling kids to turn off the lights when not using is the simplest way to conserve lights. Another is to brief kids to not use the lights as much as possible during the daytime.

Saving the planet need not be a chore; it can also be fun. Riding to school or parks instead of taking the bus or riding a car can help reduce carbon emissions. Leisurely picking up trash during beach outings or casual strolls in the park sounds cool. Planting trees with other kids is an excellent way to bond while helping the planet heal. Lastly, taking time to appreciate nature’s beauty and the majesty of the great outdoors is in itself a step in helping humanity preserve and protect our precious planet. 

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