We are in an era where everyone has a role to play in the conservation of the environment. Industrialization and other human activities are progressively leading to environmental pollution in a big way. For instance, In Beijing, the level of air pollution from industries and vehicles is so high such that people have to use respiratory masks to protect themselves from the toxic gases and fumes. As much as national governments have a role to play in curbing environmental pollution, parents also need to take initiative by teaching their children green cleaning and eco friendly living habits. Children learn by example and teaching them green habits early will turn them into responsible adults.
Here are 5 easy ways of teaching your children how to go green:
· Conserve water
A majority of people tend to use water in ways that they cannot account for. Although a shower is essential in every home, the amount of water that is used by a single person is likely to fill 2-2.5 bath tubs. Cut down the usage of water in your family by teaching your kids the importance of conserving water such as; taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while brushing.
· Recycling paper and plastic
Most of the time polythene bags and plastic items are thrown into garbage cans instead of being recycled. Such materials are not biodegradableand so the more you throw them away, the higher the chances of causing environmental pollution. Start by designating two bins; one for the polythene and plastics and the other for the biodegradable waste.
· Conserve electricity
When a device is plugged into a power source and is not in use, it still uses electricity. Teach your children the importance of unplugging the appliances such as TVs, laptops, and gaming systems when they are not in use. You can even have them plugged to one power extension with many switches to protect them electric shock in the process of plugging and unplugging the power cords.
· Reuse resources
The simple things we tend to ignore have significant environmental benefits. The papers we write on are made from trees; it takes a sixth of one tree to produce about 600 sheets. You can conserve trees by using double sided printing anytime you are printing your documents. Besides that, you can also teach your children the importance of donating the clothes they no longer wear.
· Shop at your local vendor/store
Take your kids with you when you go shopping, and encourage them to pick the locally produced items. Groceries that are locally produced are healthier, contain fewer chemicals and help cut down on the environmental pollution that is caused during the transportation of foods from their original source. The same also applies when buying other items; encourage them to shop at the local stores.