Raising Environmentally Conscious Kids

February 17, 2008 at 4:45 am 5 comments

I was tagged by Late Bloomer to share my “Top Three” ideas  on how to raise environmentally conscious children. Little E is still…well little! These ideas are pretty general but appropriate for the preschooler set.

Set an Example & Get them Involved – This one is pretty obvious but so crucial it is worth repeating. To raise environmentally conscious children we have to be environmentally conscious parents. We have to make environmental choices in our day to day lives and model these choices. We don’t have to be perfect…because nobody is. We need to involved our children and talk about why we do things (or don’t do things) and how our actions impact our environment.

Know Your Neighbours! – easy for me to say living in a cohousing complex and all but I really feel that knowing the people around you and creating a community allows you so many ways to share resources. Be it a borrowing a cup of sugar from the people next door, carpooling or passing on children’s clothing – sharing resources has many environmental benefits and knowing your neighbours opens the door to these opportunities.

Get Out in Nature – To raise children that want to protect the environment and make environmentally conscious decisions they need to know intimately what they are protecting. It seems that children are not getting as much free time to play in and learn about the natural world. This is even more important for those living in cities. We live in a very urban community and try to get out a few times a week to “the forest.” It may be a patch of undeveloped land between a local park and the inlet below or the North Shore mountains. We dress for the occasion in all our rain gear and the walk is not so much about the destination but rather the journey. At this time of year the goal is to get muddy, to roam freely and explore nature.  If this resonates with you I highly recommend Last Child in the Woods…a great read.

Since I was tagged with this post I thought I would pass this exercise onto a few other bloggers, hoping they will share their ideas own ideas. I’m tagging Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly and Jane at Little Seedlings.


Entry filed under: Green Living, Reducing Our Impact.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Late Bloomer  |  February 17, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Thanks you for sharing your thoughts – they’re all actions that can make a huge difference in our childrens’ lives. Thanks for the book tip – I’m going to check the library to see if they have it in.

  • 2. matthieu  |  February 17, 2008 at 9:53 am

    The cohousing model is key! It was created 40 years ago after a famous article called “every child should have 100 parents”. Of course it stressed the social advantages of the cohousing, but more recently built cohousings are much greener than before and this clearly affects the new generations.
    In the documentary “Voices of Cohousing. Rebuilding villages in the city”, there are two interesting parts on children and parents which you migh find relevant. For info and trailer: http://notsocrazy.net
    Have a good day!

  • 3. Jessica  |  March 12, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Thanks for the list and your beautiful blog. I especially like #2, I can’t tell you how many skills I have picked up from the people around me- learning how to sew, garden, change my own oil, etc. This is also why it is important that we stop segregating ourselves by age– we need to learn from one another!

  • 4. cindy  |  March 28, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    i agree with your points. we are trying to raise our little ones with these in mind and i hope we are doing an ok job of it.

    i’m going to look for that book, thanks for the link.
    ps. i love the sweater you knit below, could you tell me what kind of yarn you used? the colour is beautiful.

  • 5. Cat  |  February 18, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Thanks for posting this. We too are raising our children to understand and think this way. So they can take it on with them throughout life.


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