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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Teach your children well

There are many, many individual things we can do to make a difference in making this planet a healthier place to live. Whether it's at work, home, traveling, or just being outside. Our actions have an impact and whether we want to realize it or not, what we do today will affect what happens tomorrow.

One of the most powerful resources we have for making a difference in our fight against climate change is our children.

Paint for the planet

Description: Paint for the Planet is an exhibit and auction of children's art to launch the global United Nations campaign "UNite to Combat Climate Change". The event will feature a selection of paintings from UNEP's International Children's Painting Competition. Showcasing children's fears and hopes for the planet, the paintings are a powerful plea from children for leadership on climate change before it is too late.

Now, some would argue that WE are the ones that are destroying the earth and it should not be left up to the next generation to "fix" what we have done/are doing. I partially agree with that sentiment, but I also disagree.
The compassion a child holds for beauty & happiness is infectious. They see things simply, uncluttered & straight forward....they know what they want, what they like, what they don't, they love to please & have amazing ideas that can absolutely knock you on your ass.
It is our responsibility as parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents & guardians to show them what is beautiful, what is right & what needs to be done. You can start with little things like, why you should flick off a light in an empty room, show them what to recycle & where to put it, explain the difference in buying local produce versus imported, to compost, teach them how & why to grow plants & the sense of accomplishment and appreciation that comes with doing so. These actions will be second nature to them in no time. We don't give children enough, the credit they deserve in what they can learn and absorb from us.
Children are the warriors of tomorrow and the spirit they constantly reveal should be the torch leading the way to a cleaner earth. They have the potential to be whatever they want to be, so why not nudge them down a greener path in their discovery of life.

Check out One Million Acts of Green for ideas on how to make a act at a time.
In the three weeks since it's launch, participants have made 324,654 Total Acts of Green!
Greenhouse Gases Saved: 15,480,664 kg.


Tracy said...

Well said Jen. Your kids have a wise mom who leads by example.

Steph A. said...

EXCELLENT post Jen. Your statement "children are the warriors of tomorrow" is SO true. Children lack the cynicism of them all things are, for the most part, possible. Teach them today and they will work toward creating a better tomorrow.