By Nicole Sturzenberger, Sustainable America, June 30, 2022
As parents, we teach our children small things each day, with the hope of preparing them for an eventual departure and life on their own. As climate change becomes an increasingly prevalent part of our lives, raising them to protect and care for the earth is imperative.
Like many aspects of parenting, creating healthy habits involves repetition and explaining the reason behind why we do things. If we don’t explain why composting keeps material out of landfills, they may never know.
We also have the power to build empathy within children by teaching them how our actions impact others and the earth. Plastic bottles that we throw away may wash up on a beach across the world where another child plays or a sea turtle migrates to lay eggs.