Some people convince themselves that animals and plants are their own. Others make it their life’s mission to love with all of God’s living creatures, doing what they can to make sure the world is left in a batter place than when they found it. We tend to align our thinking with the latter group. This way of thinking is more important than ever if we’re to protect Mother Earth from the destructive practices that continue to this day. The best way to ensure this continues to happen in the future is to educate our children. Here are five ways to help you do just that.
Nature belongs to the planet, not its inhabitants
While we’ve always taught children that it’s important to share, we usually only enforce it with sharing material things, such as toys. But what if we taught our children that they are sharing the planet with every other creature living on it. For example, when they’re brushing their teeth, remind them to turn off the water, as they share it with plants, animals, and other people. And just because they like a particular flower doesn’t mean that they own it.
Cleaning up after themselves
It isn’t only important for children to clean their bedrooms and toys after themselves, it’s also applicable to the planet. See, teaching children about looking after the environment isn’t that hard at all. You’re simply taking an approach you already use and extending it to the environment. Educate your children to be careful about recycling properly, about the importance of composting, and to be careful what they put down the sink, such as avoiding chemicals.
Showing compassion towards all life
Our present culture emphasises assigning worth based on monetary value, but there are numerous other things in the world that are significantly more important than the all-mighty pound. Teach your children to place A value on everything. It’s a great way to give them the bigger picture, along with an appreciation of how everything is valuable and worthy of respect. Children can be very emotional, and you will likely find that they are open to showing love to all things.
Cradle to cradle
It has become something of the norm for children to think about the future as they get older. The cradle to cradle concept isn’t too far away from that way of thinking. Instead of thinking about ourselves, however, we think about the future of all life around us. It’s about children being taught to realise their impact on the world through an awareness that everything they buy or own contributes to their carbon footprint.
Telling children to avoid getting dirty is old-school. Instead, teaching them about planting is the way to go. After all, it’s fun, while, at the same time, teaches them about the importance of environmental conservation. Simply put, when growing any kind of plants, you give what you get. By showing your children where their food comes from heightens their appreciation for Mother Earth. Planting seeds and tasting home-grown tomatoes helps to understand the importance of protecting dirt.