Care for Creation

Earth Day: Teach kids to care

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, here are 10 easy, everyday tips for how parents can teach their kids to lessen their carbon footprint (adapted from a story by Michelle Koidin Jaffee):

boy and girl holding hands looking down road and sky with may of world in clouds1.  Conserve water: Turn off the water when brushing teeth.

2.  Turn off the light when you leave the room.

3.  Keep doors to the outside closed so you won’t let air conditioning or heat escape.

4.  Grow broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and much more in the backyard.

5.  Use recyclable containers when packing lunchboxes (instead of plastic bags), with cloth napkins.

6.  Recycle: Have kids put old worksheets in the paper bin, yogurt containers in the plastic bin.

7.  Re-use jam or jelly jars and reuse them as drinking glasses — and incorporate empty paper towel rolls into your youngster’s next art project.

8.  Put leftover apple cores, banana peels and any other of nature’s wrappers in a compost bin, where they eventually will break down and turn into fertilizer.

9.  Instead of using gasoline to drive, walk or take your bicycle to school, to friends’ houses or to the store.

10.  Instead of giving toys that will break or that kids will quickly tire of, give experiences that they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives.

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