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Saving Planet Earth: 10 Simple Ways Your Kids Can Make A Difference

April 11, 2013

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” Mahatma Gandi 

With Earth Day approaching on April 22, it’s a good time to take a look at what we as parents are doing to not only reduce our impact on Planet Earth but at what we are teaching our children. Are we showing them how well we recycle (hopefully at least that!), but better yet are they learning how to reduce the damage we have all done? This next generation – yes even the very littlest - can take a leadership role as they grow if we just lead the way (and then move aside) doing some very simple things that can make a big difference. In my kitchen I have a sign that says Reduce Reuse Recycle, and all I have to do is point at it, and the kids get it. No nagging required. 

If you don’t have a copy yet, check out 365 Ways To Save The Earth by Philippe Bourseiller. It is a spectacular book, and just loaded with ideas and activities. We’ve used some of them here, and mucho thanks to the team that put the book together. Fabulous!

  

So here you go: 10 simple ways your kids can make a difference! 

1)  Switch off lights as you leave a room, or that you don’t really need on at all. 

2)  Drink tap water, it can be up to 10,000 times cheaper than bottled water, and no plastic bottles to dispose of later. 

3)  Teach your kids Grandmas remedies: hot water, lemon juice, and honey beats a chemical loaded throat spray all day long. 

4)  Wash laundry only when it’s dirty. Kids like to throw clean clothing in the laundry basket because it is easier than refolding. Teach them to refold. 

5)  Take part in National Bike Month in May (a very good time for a lesson in bike maintenance too).  

6)  Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, saving 5 gallons of water each time. 

7)  Participate in a Lights Out program in your area, and turn it all (even electronics) off. 

8)  Unplug items that are not being used, it’s not that big a deal to plug things in as needed!  

9)  Reuse water: didn’t finish that glass of water? Throw it on a potted plant or a bush in the garden. 

10)  Help your child to plant a tree, and each year you can take a picture of the two of them! All plants on the planet release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.

 

 

 

 



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14 90-112 lbs. 58"-63" 30"-32" 25"-27" 34"
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