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A popular Native American proverb states,” We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.
The quote implies that, the present generation should do everything in their power to keep the planet in good condition for the future generations to come.
We should all strive to take care of the Earth in our own little way possible.
Every small approach in the right direction will benefit our planet.
We celebrate “Earth day” in April. This year, it falls on Wednesday, April 22nd.
I personally feel everyday is and should be “Earth day”.
There are different things we can do to take care of the Earth.
One of the most important things is to “Model” and “Educate” the next generation on the importance of taking care of the planet.
So, what are some simple things we can do with young children to help them understand this. Some examples are as follows:
- Turn off the water when not in use.
- Turn off the light/fan when not in use.
- Save paper- don’t waste.
- Use real utensils (avoid disposables).
- Encourage use of boxes, toilet paper roll, kitchen paper towel roll, shoe boxes etc for arts and crafts projects.
- Read books on the topic.
- Spend time in nature.
- Talk about the 3 R’s : reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Reduce trash and avoid littering.
- Care for plants and animals.
The list is endless, but the above ideas can be a great way to start with our young children.
Parents, Teachers, School, Community etc. can all come together and work towards helping our next generation understand why we should take care of our planet, how we can do it and what happens if we don’t. Let’s all work together and keep this planet clean, healthy and sustainable for all living beings.
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