When children see their parents making lifestyle choices that are less harmful to the environment, they are much more likely to do the same when they grow up.

Of course, in addition to modeling the right behavior, there are also things you can do to create teachable moments. If you're not sure where to start, here are some ideas for teaching kids about sustainability and reducing your family's carbon footprint in the process:

  1. Eco-friendly treasure hunt: Create a treasure hunt with a list of eco-friendly items that kids can find at home or outdoors. This activity will help children learn about different sustainable items and understand how they can use them to reduce their carbon footprint.

  2. DIY Projects: Encourage children to create DIY projects using recyclable items such as cardboard boxes, bottles and cans. This will teach children the importance of recycling and how to create something new from items that would otherwise be discarded.

  3. Sustainable cooking: Teach children about sustainable cooking, how to use local produce, reduce food waste and use energy-efficient cooking methods. This will teach children about the importance of sustainable food choices and how it can help reduce their carbon footprint.

  4. Nature Record: Encourage children to observe and document their local environment in a nature record. This activity will help children connect with nature and understand how humans impact the environment.

  5. Environmental Games: Play educational games with children that teach them about sustainability, such as eco-themed board games or online games that teach about the impact of plastic waste on the environment.

  6. Trash audit: Conduct a trash audit with the children to identify which items can be recycled. This activity will help children understand the importance of reducing litter and how to properly dispose of different items.

  7. Sustainable shopping: Take kids to a local farmers market or sustainable supermarket to teach them about sustainable shopping habits. Encourage them to look for organic and locally produced products, and teach them about sustainable packaging options.

  8. Sustainability Challenges: Create challenges for children to reduce their carbon footprint, such as reducing water use, reducing energy use or reducing the amount of plastic they use. This will help children understand the impact of their actions on the environment.

  9. Sustainable Art: Encourage children to create art using natural materials like leaves, flowers and rocks. This activity will teach children about the beauty of nature and how to appreciate it.

  10. Environmental Outings: Take children on outings to local nature reserves, parks or other sustainable locations. This will help children connect with nature and understand the importance of preserving natural resources.

Overall, these activities will help children understand the importance of sustainable living and how their actions can help to have a positive impact on the environment.

April 20, 2023 — Darren Enthoven