Going green has become a universal way of protecting our selves as well as the environment and children are growing up in this new age of conservation, environmental protection and saving on different costs. Teachers have already begun teaching children young as preschoolers on various ways to help in green living and the reasoning behind it. Parents can help this by joining in on teaching their child when he or she is at home with things such as sorting different recyclable objects.
When a child is at home parents can make the going green a fun learning experience by setting up something as a point system for kids and at the end of the week provide the winner with a treat.
Allow kid’s to have an objective of placing newspapers in one bin, tin cans and soda cans in another bin, plastics, then of course normal trash where it belongs. Kids seem to get more of an enjoyment out of learning anything new when it is presented to him or her as a fun game. Parents have the responsibility of following a child’s schoolwork, such as helping them outside of the classroom with homework so making sure they go green at home should not be any different.
Another thing parents can do in assisting the environment is by explaining to their kids why they should ride the school bus and stop receiving a ride to and from school. Parents with teenagers can explain the transportation part of going green, because the importance of cutting back on driving is taught more to kids in high school. Although, for parents with kids of any age, have fun by walking to the store instead of driving. Explaining the importance of toxins is also important for children of all ages, such as certain bacterial soaps have a toxic ingredient called triethanolamine, which contents can cause severe liver and kidney damage. Nobody would think a hand sanitizer or soap would contain such a harsh chemical but if you research this online, it actually is a very dangerous hazard.
Teachers as well as parents should be constantly on kids for shutting off lights and other electric device when it is not being used, even explain how to save energy without using a AC system or heater in the winter.
Explain to children that they are helping the environment and the cost of utility bills by either putting on a sweater when cold or opening a window when they get hot, instead of turning on any type of electrical power sources. The children now a day are stepping right into the cycle of going green, so teachers are talking about it in classrooms and parents can assist by following this whole concept of “going green” at home.