We have found that teaching our kids environmentally friendly practices while they are young has lifelong positive repercussions. Things that you do when you are young become part of your habits and your way of living, while changing behaviors as an adult can be difficult and challenging. By having them do green things when they are young, these things become a natural way of life for them. By educating them about what’s good for the environment, we find that making green choices comes naturally to them and is not a burden.
For example, when we go for walks in the woods, we come out with a bag full of trash and recycling that our older kids pick up. It even goes as far as being scolded by our six year old twins to turn out the lights when we leave a room on the rare occasion we forget. One green task we got our kids involved in doing early on is composting.
In 2009 we participated in a year long competition to reduce your households environmental impact, the Energy Smackdown competition. We made the following short video with the children that explains how to compost. It won the Energy Smackdown video competition.
Here are couple of our other popular blog posts on composting:
- Reducing the Ick Factor in Composting with a countertop compost bin
- Composting Coffee Grounds and Tea Bag
Jon & Alicia