Children are the future of our planet and if we can introduce love to nature from an early age - together creating a more sustainable future for ourselves and upcoming generations. According to the Cornell University study, children with plenty of opportunity to play in the nature before the age of 11 are more likely to grow up to be environmentalists than other children. Additional research has suggested that kids who engage with the natural world alongside significant others, like family members and teachers, are more likely to protect the nature later in life.
There are plenty of possibilities how we can raise children who will care for the environment. We can start from a book that will educate children about climate change and inspire a positive future: “The tantrum that saved the world” highlights complicated issues in small fragments and makes kids aware of what they can do without overwhelming them. We can buy recycled products for children and teach about them with a real example: Ecobirdy creates colorful plastic furniture made without harmful chemicals, from recycled plastic toys. We can be inspired by young leaders that are leading the youth battle for a better environmental future of our planet: Bali-based sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen who are fighting to ban plastic bags locally and reduce the impact of plastic waste globally with a youth driven initiative Bye Bye Plastic Bags.
Connecting with nature, fostering child’s curiosity and teaching environmental ethics can effectively encourage children to respect and advocate for the Earth and it’s beautiful nature.