Great Ideas to Get your Kids on a Permanent Earth Friendly Kick

The importance of teaching our children to be environmentally conscientious cannot be over emphasized. If children learn and know how to respect and appreciate nature and what this beautiful planet holds for them, then the legacy of responsibility will continue. Plan a Save the Environment Day™ with your kids. Encourage them to create fun posters together to rope in more children in the neighbourhood to join in (remember to remind them to bring down the posters when they are done). Ask as many friends as possible to help out too. It can be cleaning up the neighbourhood, including the parks or their school. Have plenty of garbage bags ready. Help kids to choose trees and plants to grow in their garden. Besides providing shade, trees and plants will beautify the surrounding, help to cool the home as well as providing clean air. Start a compost heap with household food wastes. Tell parents about organic pesticides, like those made from orange extract. Grow a vegetable garden. Water the garden in the morning to conserve water. When shopping, look for and point out to children the symbols that states that the product is organic or that the product has been recycled. Use recycled packaging. Encourage family to stay away from products that have excessive packaging. Buy in bulk to decrease packaging waste. Emphasize the three Rs with the family. Recycle, reuse and reduce.Use reusable cotton bags to bring home groceries. Plastic bags pose a huge problem to the environment. Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals such as sea turtles and whales die from eating discarded plastic bags every year. Plastic bags are nonbiodegradable. When purchasing 6 pack sodas, always take care to cut the plastic rings into smaller pieces. Raccoons, possum and small animals can die from strangulation by these rings. It is estimated 500 billion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, which comes to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter. In the US, the estimated cost to retailers is US$4 billion (100 billion bags). In Africa a young industry has sprung up, collecting plastic bags and using them to weave hats and bags! Cycle or walk to school if possible instead of taking the bus or car. Ride and walk with a friend and make sure the route is safe.Encourage good practices. When you leave the room, turn off all the lights, fans and television. Remind siblings to do the same. Do not leave the faucets running when washing your face or brushing your teeth. Take quick showers instead of using the bath. Use less water when doing household chores. Use a broom instead of hosing down the porch, sidewalk or driveway. Save water and money by washing the car less often. Another way to save energy is to raise the thermostat a few degrees in the summer and lower it in the winter. Lower the window blinds on sunny days to keep the house cooler. Replace air filters often to aid in more efficient heating and cooling.

Our children will emulate our way of life. Set good examples for them to follow.

Global warming is a threat that will affect generations to come. The atmosphere surrounding us that supports life is a God-given gift. It must be protected. We should be leaders in efforts to curb global warming, not resistant followers. Erin Hunt is an avid writer and activist. She discovered that many are still unaware of the dangers of global warming and thus created a website to educate others on how they can play a role in the fight against global warming. Find out how you can make a difference at http://www.fightagainstglobalwarming.com 

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