Get Your Kids to Clean Up

Get Your Kids to Clean Up

It’s hard to imagine that in this time of “green” awareness that there are still litter bugs out there; people who actually still toss their fast food bags out the window while driving down the road! Well, there will always be individuals who can’t seem to break old habits or don’t want to for whatever reason. All we can do as parents is try to raise eco-conscious children who care about their environment. Trying to raise a “green” kid and actually accomplishing it are two different things. One approach to help your kids develop earth friendly attitudes would be to get them involved in the beautification and clean up of their very own communities.

Parents you may or may not remember the “crying indian” PSA on television back in the 1970’s, but it was hugely successful in raising awareness about pollution and littering. If you saw that PSA you would not likely forget it. That PSA was brought about through the Keep America Beautiful organization. Keep America Beautiful came into existence in 1953, long before eco-friendliness was hip, and this organization remains very strong until this day.

The focus of Keep America Beautiful is litter prevention, waste reduction and the beautification of communities across America. Each year from March 1 through May 31, millions of Keep America Beautiful volunteers organize and participate in the Great American Cleanup. Activities during this time include planting of trees and flowers, beautification of parks, picking up of litter, and cleaning of our seashores and waterways. What a great way to show your children the importance of community involvement while cleaning up the environment at the same time!

To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, just click the link below. You will also find a link at the bottom of that page to locate a participating Great American Cleanup organization near you.

http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=gaclandingÂ