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Do children understand sustainability?

Do children understand sustainability?

Sustainability and the protection of the environment have become topics we talk about more and more lately. And although our approach to these topics had always been rather pessimistic, we see a clear change since the Coronavirus pandemic grounded us along with our cars and our big factories. That change which we saw in reality made us change our tone and talk about a more hopeful future.

All of us should change our attitudes, for sure, as to how we behave towards sustainability. However, we often focus on us adults and forget a possibly crucial point: the children.

Whether we are talking about our children or our young cousins or maybe our pupils, we might need to include them more in the efforts we make towards a more sustainable future.

As it is with any topic or subject, children are generally more flexible-minded and it is easier to “plant” (notice the pun?) new positive ideas in their cognitive system.

One little obstacle to do that might be that even the adult philanthropists that we are, we are not exactly sure where to start when it comes to environmental efforts; should it be composting? Should it rather be paper recycling? Or maybe planting trees?

This might indeed be confusing. But it doesn’t need to be so. What if we started with the very simple things we can do every day?

Start by teaching the children around you how to turn off the light after they leave the room, and how not to open the tap to its full when washing their hands. Also teach them to give away their old toys and clothes or use them differently instead of throwing them away, and how to throw trash in the bin instead of throwing it on the ground.

Finally, since we are all affected by the Coronavirus, children should also understand the way wildlife is finally able to breathe after we had been suffocating in so much because of pollution and forest destruction.

This way we will have more chances in making the next generations more environmentally responsible than we have been. Hopefully.



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