By Cassie Brewer
Did you know that Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22? Since 1970, hundreds of countries organize various events on this day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. But the lessons on eco-consciousness cannot end with Earth Day’s sunset. Ensuring the preservation of our planet and the climate requires that we teach our kids consistent and essential eco-savvy habits, because saving the planet requires daily dedication.
And our planet definitely needs saving. The Los Angeles Times reported that the people of the world dispose of 1.3 billion tons of trash every year. But waste isn’t just limited to what we toss; we waste gallons of water each day without even batting an eye. In Mexico alone, each person uses an average 280 liters of water per day.
Each individual’s carbon footprint leaves an extensive mark on the Earth, and we all must take an active part in preserving, conserving and revitalizing our planet so that it may thrive for future generations. No age is too young to begin eco-conscious habits. The earlier kids learn about ways they can help, the more impact they will have on their own carbon footprint.
Empower children to embrace their role in living a greener lifestyle. Here are little changes that kids can implement each day that help make a big impact on Mother Earth:
1. H2-Oh, No!
In many areas of the world, water is a rare and precious commodity. We all need to treat water as a limited resource, instead of taking those taps for granted. Parents should install low-flow toilets, if they are able. Kids can help conserve water by filling the bathtub with less water—no swimming pools, please!—and by turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth. The USGS also recommends turning off the faucet while drying hands after handwashing.
2. Talkin’ Trash
Not everything needs to be thrown in the trash as garbage. Glass, paper and aluminum cans may be recycled. Implement a recycling program in the home by taking kids shopping for colorful recycling bins and adding fun labels. Teach kids that some trash can be reused and given another life through recycling. Recycling saves valuable space in already cramped landfills.
3. License Not to Drive
Lead by example. Embrace biking and walking instead of taking the car to show and teach children that how we choose to travel also affects the environment. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “transportation is the second leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, just behind electricity. Between 1990 and 2014, GHG emissions in the transportation sector increased more in absolute terms than any other sector.” The EPA reports that more than one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions are caused from transportation. Every mile we walk is one more mile that we don’t pollute.
4. Plant a Seed
One of the biggest and easiest ways kids can help the Earth is by planting a green life. Plant a tree together, grow a garden or plant flower bulbs. Plants all help the planet by absorbing carbon dioxide and then releasing oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Flowering plants also attract bees and other pollinators like Hummingbirds, which play an important role in the ecosystem by helping plants produce life-giving seeds. Have children pick out their favorite plants, seedlings or flower bulbs and help them give back…in green.
5. Reuse & Sustain
One of the best ways to make a positive impact on our planet is to switch to reusable cups and bottles. Every year, we toss out billions of paper cups. Help children and save a tree and the landfill with a Sustain Cup featuring the illustrations of local artist Alfredo Sosa and our logo. For every $100 pesos you contribute at selected local businesses you will receive one of these reusable cups. Your contribution will help the planet and benefit the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation to help fund valuable care and provide vital health resources to children. Click here to learn more.
Raising kids to be eco-conscious teaches them the important role they hold in caring for the planet. Each action they take to conserve, preserve and revitalize helps reduce their carbon footprint. If every child adopts a greener and more eco-conscious lifestyle, the Earth will reap the rewards…and so will future generations.
About the Author
Cassie Brewer is a health professional in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys writing about her passion (healthy living of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping other be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at http://cassiembrewer.weebly.com/ and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer