It’s no secret that the world is experiencing the repercussions of climate change that aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. As scientists continue to urge the population that we must act quickly if we hope to leave the world a better place, many parents find themselves wondering if it’s too late to leave behind an inhabitable planet for their children. The good news is that while many of the effects of climate change are already upon us, it’s never too late to take action for a better planet.
Here are some of the most practical ways that you can leave behind a better earth for your children and their children’s children.
Grow a Garden
One of the most effective ways to create a better earth is to pass on the passion of growing your own plants. Not only will it teach your children one of the many miracles of mother earth, but you’ll also save money on groceries!
Consider starting a small garden in your backyard with a few vegetables and flowers. Get your children involved in tending to the garden and take the opportunity to teach them about biodegradability, what will convert back into nature and what won’t.
Use Energy Sparingly
More and more people are turning towards energy-conscious lifestyles to reduce pollution. The great news is that reducing your energy consumption doesn’t just reduce the amount of energy that you consume, but it will also save you money!
Some practical ways to cut back on your energy use are:
- Lowering or raising your thermostat depending on the time of year
- Swapping out your old appliances for newer, energy-efficient ones
- Hang-drying your clothes
- Installing solar panels
- Unplugging devices and appliances when not using them
- Turning off the lights
“Eat local” is a popular buzz phrase that plenty of people have heard at one point or another. However, many people may not necessarily realize why it’s beneficial. Besides supporting your local producers and farmers, you’re also reducing pollution. When you eat locally, you’re not contributing to hefty carbon footprints that occur as a result of transferring goods from one point to another by vehicle or plane.
One of the biggest contributing factors to climate change is excessive waste.
Before you throw something away, consider alternative options like selling it, giving it away, or recycling it. Far too many people immediately turn towards the option of throwing something away which only contributes to the already ever-present landfill problem.
Teach your children that throwing things away isn’t always the only solution. There are other things we can do with things we no longer have a need for.
These are just a few practical ways to contribute to a better planet for your children. Solving our environmental problems starts by taking one small step at a time.