Why Parents Should Care

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children… Native American proverb                        

Why parents should care about the environmental education of their children

As parents, we care about the environment, in large part, out of concern for our children. And when we begin to realize the environment, as our children will know it, depends on the lifestyle policies we adopt in order to protect their health and well-being, there will then be an instinctive understanding that the environment, as our children’s children will know, it depends on the lifestyle policies they adopt.Each generation stands in mid-stream receiving that which flows to them, having obligations to those upstream and downstream

Each generation stands in mid-stream receiving that which flows to them, having obligations to those upstream and downstream. In other words, consider current generations having obligations to past as well as future generations. So as we develop and advance our own efforts in helping protect the environment, we would be remiss not to foster the environmental education of our children.   

Fostering the environmental education of our children

We direct a major portion of our personal resources ensuring our children are as well prepared as possible to develop into successful adults and socially responsible citizens. Instilling green values in our children should be a core part of their educational process. Parents can contribute a great deal in nurturing children’s awareness to the needs of the environment.                

In order to comprehend the positive and negative effects of our lifestyles on the environment,  children need to develop a knowledge of, and respect for, the environment with regard to animals, plants, soil, air, water and energy. According to Deborah Mitchell, in a Charity Guide article, it’s been shown that fostering environmental education in children is critical because it:    
  • helps them develop into adults who understand and care about environmental stewardship
  • nurtures their sense of wonder, imagination, creativity provide sides them with a sense of beauty, calm, and refuge in a sometimes frightening world
  • expands their intellectual development; it’s been proven to improve test scores, grade-point averages, and problem solving skills
  • enhances physical development
  • helps them understand the interrelationship of all life

Instilling green values in our children should be a core part of their educational process.

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