Teaching our children to be more respectful of our planet !
Today, mentalities are turning green. The climate emergency has triggered in many people the need to change their habits by adopting new daily gestures. Our involvement is all the more important when we have children. We owe it to them to teach them behaviour that is more "responsible and respectful" of our environment. Familib tells you how !
It may seem complicated or even impossible to do, but it is by starting to change the small things in our daily lives that we will be able to make a difference.
The nature or a healthy and educational environment
- Going to get the bread on foot ? Going for a Sunday ride on a bike, scooter or rollerblades ? This allows you to get to know nature, save your fuel and thus limit your environmental impact. In our daily life we try to favor trips on foot or by bike when it is not necessary to take the car! « Transport is responsible for 26.5% of greenhouse gas emissions in France. »
- As far as our children are concerned, nature is an excellent playground that is preferable to preserve. It is the way for them to develop, to discharge their energy healthily, to think, to learn and to absorb the knowledge they see. Then, through their memories of nature, they will be able to sensitize others about biodiversity.
- Don't know how to tackle the problem of waste with your child? Would you like to raise their awareness about pollution? Well, go on an exploratory mission (or an ecological walk) by cleaning up a forest, a street,... Take gloves and a garbage bag with you, and set out with a goal of filling one or two. Your child will see by himself all the waste left on the ground. There is no age to start caring about the planet ! And if you want to go further, there are many associations that offer collection outings.
Many activities related to ecology and recycling !
- In a different approach, nature offers many free and very instructive activities for your child. First of all, the child can touch, play and garden with grass and earth. A gardening activity will help him to feel concerned and to identify with the flower or tree that he will plant. In addition, if you ever decide to plant a tree, your child will be able to grow with it and will want to protect it.
- There is also the creation of a small herbarium to learn about the different kinds of trees, or the possibility of doing Land Art.
What is Land Art ? It is a tendency to play with the elements of nature (wood, leaves, flowers, herbs, stones,...) and to turn them into a drawing, an ephemeral work. This activity does not require any equipment.
- Moreover, by avoiding waste and recycling certain products, it is possible to create objects with recuperated materials. Combining recycling and creation, your child won't want to throw anything away. You can recycle your everyday objects by giving them a second function, such as customised pencil cans, ...
- Finally, why not set up a colour system for the different trash cans to sort the waste? All you have to do is print out a poster that you can read together and hang it up in front of the bins like that, your child will already learn the basics of sorting.
Reduce our waste and purchases with everyday gestures
Protecting nature can be learned at a very young age. By setting a good example, your children will already be aware of the cause because they will imitate you. Here is a short list of everyday things that everyone can do better !
- Save water. When brushing your teeth or shampooing, it's useless to let the water run.
- Waste ? Keep it in your pocket or bag until you find a trash can.
- "This isn't Versailles ! " In other words, make sure you turn off the lights or the television as soon as you leave a room. There are also power strips that allow you to put your domestic appliances on standby or turn them off.
- Keep reusable bags instead of buying plastic bags. And why not buy a water bottle to avoid buying bottled water?
- Stop with the mailbox ads. Make your child aware of the over-consumption and waste of paper.
- Eat better, by making yourself and buying in bulk if possible. Limit food waste and favour local products. This allows your child to discover local specialities! (Why not go to the market with him/her ?).
- Do not throw away clothes, use them for a second use, resell them, give them away, or keep them for the little brother or sister. The same goes for sorting toys !
- Make your own products (toothpaste, deodorants, shower gel,...).
(And to go further, don't hesitate to take a look at the 100 eco-friendly gestures on https://maconscienceecolo.com/).
You can also rent products for occasional use. You will avoid consuming it and throwing it away. For this, Familib.com allows you to rent pushchairs and car seats all over France !