Taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility but if we teach our kids how to do it we can have a better future. Here are some of the ways we can encourage kids to take care of the environment:
Being good role models
Kids usually look upon us to know what they should do and what we expect them to do. Therefore, if we want our kids to protect and take care of the environment, we should lead by an example. We should show them how to plant trees, have good waste management plans and avoid dumping waste everywhere. In addition, kids emulate how we use our water resources too. Hence, we should conserve our water resources whilst using the water available for its right use.
Educate the kids
One of the ways to encourage and help our kids to be good environmentalists in future is by teaching them about the ecosystem. When the kids have enough knowledge about the environment, they will not only be able to understand why conserving the environment is essential but also get involved. It is quite hard for our kids to be dedicated and take part in conserving the environment if they don’t know how to do it, the importance of taking care of the environment, how they can get other people to do it and long-term benefits of the process. To achieve all these, they must be knowledgeable and teachers, parents and the society should play a role.
When you have enlightened the kids, it will be easy to form movements and environmental clubs in the society or even in schools. These clubs and movements will also have set objectives, mission and vision mainly on how to take care of the environment. Achieving these goals is easier if you have a group that understands what they are up to and what they are supposed to do to achieve their set objectives.
Reward the kids
After teaching kids about the environment and probably forming environmental clubs, workshops, retreats and other platforms to enlighten them, you also need to reward them for their achievements. Rewarding kids not only motivates them but also makes it easy to reach more kids because you can reward them as a group. Rewarding may involve issuing educational materials and other gifts that may encourage the kids to continue being carers. However, this does not have to involve the use of money although spending some money is fine.