As parents it’s important to introduce our children to thinking green at a young age. It is an important issue now and each year that passes it becomes a growing issue. Students can even major in green manufacturing now at many universities.
There are a lot of creative ways to get your young children involved in recycling and going green. I still think they should remake Captain Planet because it was an entertaining way to introduce kids to recycling and taking care of the environment. It is definitely an older show but I believe kids would still enjoy it today and you can probably find it on DVD someplace or on YouTube.
If you are more into reading here are some of the great books available for you to read with your kids to get them into “green mode.”
The Dumpster Diver
It’s a story about a man who lives by the code of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” He and his team of dumpster divers find useful items that people have discarded for whatever reason but can still be put to good use. It is an exciting and colorful story with the theme of reusing items instead of creating more waste.
Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet
This is a great book full of real stories of kids from around the globe who have done awesome work using natural resources to improve life for their community and beyond. It’s inspiring for kids to see young people their age or younger who have already had a huge impact in the lives of many. Each story shows how the kid’s projects started off with humble beginnings but continued to grow over time. The hope is that children who read it will want to attempt to make a change in their own communities.
As your children grow and prepare for college they can forward to green career choices. As I mentioned earlier, schools are teaching green manufacturing and there are new “green jobs” opening up every day as companies are searching for ways to function more eco-friendly. Engineering is becoming green too, as efficiency has always been a central tenet of engineering.
Not only are you helping the planet by raising your children to think green but you could also be preparing them for a future job.