According to the United Nations (UN), June 5 is World Environment Day. Its aim is to raise public awareness of environmental issues and the importance of looking after nature. In 2016, we need even more people to be aware of these issues. We need to make our children aware, so that the world is a nice place for them to live in the future. You’ll soon see that this isn’t as difficult as it sounds. By making small changes, we can achieve the result we’re looking for.

Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente: Pequenas atitudes mudam o mundo

At home

 All real changes start from the inside out, and this case is no different. One way of caring for the environment at home is by saving water and power Children will have great fun pretending to be “nature inspectors”, wearing a simple paper badge and going around the house switching off lights and making sure faucets and showers are properly turned off to avoid any “drip-drops”. They can also take care of any electrical appliances that, even when turned off, still use power in the form of standby lights. However, this should only be done with the help of an adult because of the plug sockets.  Another fun activity that will have a big impact on your water usage at the end of the month is to set a time limit for showering and use a stopwatch to time how long your little ones have the shower running. Ideally, the maximum length for showers should be around five minutes, which is more than enough time for children.  What’s more, as these activities will also help to reduce your bills at the end of the month, everyone’s a winner: children have fun, parents save money and our planet is looked after.

Dia Mundial do Meio Ambiente: Pequenas atitudes mudam o mundo

Trash goes in the trash can… if necessary

 Reuse is the word of the moment! It all begins with separating organic and inorganic waste. If there isn’t a selective waste collection service where you live, you can donate your recyclable waste to NGOs that collect this type of material. Many of them pick up these raw materials from your home, meaning you don’t have to lift a finger.  Children can help with separating waste and can even put it to use: sometimes, simple craft activities can transform so-called trash into “works of art” or toys for the little ones. These activities also help children to develop various cognitive skills. SuperHands can help with this too!

Contact with nature is essential

 City life starves us of sensations that only a day breathing pure country air can provide. If this sounds familiar, trees, flowers and certain types of animals will be practically unrecognizable for your children. How can we expect them to want to protect something that isn’t part of their daily life? This can be easily resolved by planting a small plant in the garden or, if space is an issue, in a pot. Your little ones will love helping you to plant and care for a little piece of nature, and it will even help to develop their sense of responsibility!

Be an example

 Children naturally imitate their parents. As such, the best way to convince them of the importance of something is to do it first and let them see you doing it. Their natural curiosity will probably lead them to ask why you do something one way and not another. Once they understand, they’ll want to do things exactly the same way. This not only helps us to achieve our main aim, but also to improve the relationship between parent and child, which is just as important as caring for the environment.

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