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Environmental Conservation

Human beings are one with the environment. What we do now to the environment affects now and future generations.

Degradation of the environment through pollution, poor waste management and deforestation does not assure children of a quality life in the future. Hence there is a need to help children understand this concept. It is important to note that children nowadays are not connected to nature like in the previous generations were. This is called Nature-Deficit-Disorder and the way to fix it is to get children outside and educate them about nature. If children don’t feel connected to their environment, they will not have the desire to protect it. We should make children understand that it is their planet too.

Habits start young. The best way to teach children how to conserve the environment is to start young. Through active participation and everyday learning, children can make conservation a life-long habit.

Children are born curious. They are smart and love to help. They are interested and excited to know about the natural world and what happens in it. We should take advantage of children’s’ natural curiosity to educate them about their surroundings.

Educating children about the importance of environmental conservation will help ensure the long-term health of our planet for generation to come.

We need to teach children early on composting and recycling early enough that it becomes a no-brainer. Compost bucket and the recycling containers need to be accessible to young children. Separate the compost buckets according to the type of litter to be put inside. For example, the bio-degradable material should be put in separate compost bucket with the non-biodegradable. In cases where the home has a kitchen garden, such litter as vegetable waste should be used as compost manure.

There is also the need to use teachable moments to educate children on the importance of environmental beautification. This can be done through clean-up activities and environmental planning. The environment should not only be clean and free from rubbish, but that it is a comfortable and pleasant place. When children see how these things are done from young age and are allowed to participate, it is just natural for them to continue.

Let the children play outdoors and explore natural habitats. While teaching the children, we should address the ‘why’ factor. Let them understand the ‘why’ of environmentally friendly.

Not only is it rewarding to see children grow up to respect the environment but, but engaging them with nature has many health benefits.


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