A guest post from Jane…
Perhaps nothing sets green-minded people apart more than their long planning horizons. Most ecological problems in the world have been caused by short-sighted people who were more concerned with today’s profits than tomorrow’s planet.
Green-minded parents are doubly long-term in their thinking. That means apart from maintaining our own environmental good behavior, we are trying to teach our kids to do likewise (and inspire them to have their kids do the same, and their kids…)
It’s a heavy burden, but it can be done. When you’re trying to raise kids who aren’t just successful people but green-minded people, cover some of these basics.
Get Kids Involved In The Environment…Early
People of almost any age can do great things with picking up litter and cleaning up streams.
Obviously, some of the very worst places–those with radioactive contaminants or deep chemical pollution–are beyond help. But others can be improved with policy and enforcement actions, and the process for moving forward with those can be spearheaded by activists.
Find a way for to get involved! Help your kids organize an effort to monitor the site’s improvement over the years by soil or water testing, and get a sign put up to explain what’s going on!
Or if your kids have an artsy slant, help them learn to repurpose polluted areas. The nation is trending with artists putting street projects to work that repurpose areas while adding some beautification at the same time!
Old industrial sites can be utilized as community vehicle parking areas to facilitate carpooling. Run-down buildings can be used as outdoor canvases for aspiring mural artists, backdrops for photographers, and even locations for video shoots for local musicians. There may even be options for converting some sites to nurseries to provide air-cleaning ornamental trees!
Not every cleanup requires Superfund assistance. Teach your kids early about the long-term damage from pollution, and they’ll grow up aspiring to prevent it.
Provide For Yourself and Them
It might sound selfish, but you and your kids can’t help the environment if they lack the time, money, or education to do so.
For your part, set aside the money to educate your kids. Their ability to earn a good living is tied heavily to the level of education they attain.
Don’t assume that things will go according to plan. Prepare for the eventualities of life. If you have health issues of your own, conquer your fears and make provisions for them. You can get life insurance even with pre-existing conditions and doing so ensures your kids will get a good education. If you need more info on life insurance, check out this site.
Teach Them Where To Go From There
The education isn’t enough, of course. Its purpose is simply to make sure that you have an adequate financial footing for the green lifestyle you want to live.
Show your kids how you shop. Explain the value of avoiding disposable packages, and foods requiring pesticides. Raise a garden and put a pencil to the financial return you’ve gotten on top of your environmental gains.
Make sure your children understand the importance of being environmentally responsible, and there are easy ways to do that.
Living a green life is more than just about a philosophy you muse over in your hammock. It’s about a nuts-and-bolts, daily living approach to everything and requires as much planning as any other aspect of your life. Handling it right makes for a lifelong understanding for your kids.