When you become a parent, you automatically want what’s best for your child. Their wants and needs reign supreme and you will do whatever you can to protect them and provide for them. Now, many of us make the mistake of focusing simply on matters close to home when we take on this mindset. But it’s important to always bear the bigger picture in mind. Take the well-being of the planet as an example. Sure, you can provide your child with a safe living space within the four walls that they call home. But if the planet is in disarray - if global warming wreaks havoc with the weather causing natural disasters, if air pollution causes increased respiratory conditions in locals, if plastic pollutes the oceans waters and causes wider problems - there’s not a whole lot that you can do to protect them in response. This is why it’s extremely important that we take environmental problems seriously and do our utmost to prevent them from developing at a faster rate than they already are. A great way to make positive change on this front is to create an eco-friendly living space for your little ones to grow up in. This will improve the planet in and of itself, but it will also teach your kids good habits which they should maintain when they are full grown themselves. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started!
Insulate Your Property
Educate your little ones in insulation. Your home is likely to lose heat and energy through spaces that are not naturally good insulators, such as your windows. By taking measures to effectively insulate these conductive materials in your property, you can reduce the amount of fossil fuels that you have to burn to keep your home warm. Consider options such as double glazing and UV Blocking Film.
Kids tend to love sorting tasks, and what is recycling other than one huge sorting task? Encourage them to put their rubbish in allocated bins. There should be separate bins for paper waste, plastic waste, tins, bottles, and general waste that cannot be recycled. These items can all then be put to better use rather than heading into landfill.
Industrial cattle farming has extremely negative effects on the environment. Not only is the practice cruel to the animals involved, but farming cattle means that there are more cattle than there would ever naturally be on the planet, and they produce a whole lot of methane and waste, which pollutes land, waterways and air. By implementing a meat free diet for your whole family, you can significantly reduce planetary pollution. Just make sure that meals offered are still ticking all of the necessary dietary requirements for a growing child.
These are just a few different steps that you might want to try out. Each may not suit you as a family, but each holds great potential that may be worth thinking over!
Some great pointers but I suspect that most of them will have been addressed a few years ago by readers closer to the east side of the Atlantic. Makes me wonder if what is 'green' for one place might not be priority for other countries or locations. Geography does make a difference; I know in some parts of the states I have visited petrol (AKA Gas) is cheap and distances great between destinations whereas in the UK petrol is expensive and distances are never very great but we spend a huge amount of time in traffic jams so stop-start enginesReplyDelete
There're a lot a good ideas in your article to help all of us become more eco-friendly.ReplyDelete