Helping Teens Go Green
The world is in our care. That’s the message behind green activism and just about every campaign to make our environment cleaner and safer for our future generations. This is a message that resonates well with young people from elementary grades through to high school.
Young people feel valued when we emphasize their part in saving this world and making it a healthier place for everyone.
Green living is about changing behaviors and taking leadership in adopting and promoting habits and practices that will be sustainable and make a real difference. When teaching children about green activism it is important to demonstrate how they can make a difference and identify roles and activities for which they can be responsible.
Reduce, reuse and recycle is a mantra that is used widely and makes great sense to young and old alike. Here are 10 more creative ways to help young people to go green:
the News – Have a discussion: Talk to your teens
about an issue or initiative that maybe your
local politicians are getting involved in or
promoting as part of an effort to make your
region more eco-friendly. Discuss their
opinions about the decisions being made. Ask
them if they would vote for the people in their
region who are making these decisions about the
Walk the Talk: Set an example for living green.
Try to adopt consistent habits to demonstrate to
your child/teen that not only do you talk about
being green but you show it by changes you make
and the behaviors you’ve adopted.
Keep informed with factual Material: When there is a program on television that is “green living” relevant and instructional invite your kids to watch it with you. If you come across an article that focuses on some aspect of our environmental problems or solutions, share it with your kids, especially your teens who may appreciate for in depth articles.
Encourage environmental efforts: Help your kids
to find time in their schedules to join
environmental clubs or volunteer initiatives in
gadget green: If your child or teen is really
into technological gadgets, make sure to use
rechargeable batteries. We all know about
the never ending need for upgraded gadgets.
When kids have outgrown or upgraded their MP3
player, cell phone, hand-held videogame console
or digital camera, make sure they don’t throw it
away. Investigate ways to recycle it or pass on
to someone else.
Stop using Plastic and Paper Bags: Reusable bags are all the rage now. Search out interesting reusable bags. Look for stylish bags or ones with statements or tag lines that will inspire your kids. Get your kids into the habit of refusing disposable bags when shopping.
Green Fashion: Encourage your teenager to buy
clothing and make-up from eco-friendly
next time a gift has to be purchased help
suggest or source out green products as gifts.
The Body Shop is a great place for eco-friendly
Serve locally grown food: Kids love unique and
interesting projects that are also practical and
popular. Eating locally grown food is fast
becoming the hip way to go green. When shopping
and preparing menus for your family involve the
kids in the plan. Ask them to help research the
types of produce grown in your region and then
source out the farmers and stores that sell
local produce. Explain that the average food
item travels 1,700 miles to reach your kitchen,
and that affects freshness, taste, nutrition,
greenhouse gas emissions, high energy costs and
local economic health. By serving locally grown
food, you help reduce these effects.