by Meghan Fitzgerald
Frustrated though we may be, parents can help the cause every day. Each night, we all tuck in future protectors of the planet. And, each day, we can make a real impact by nurturing their potential. In lots of little but profound ways, we can help our kids develop a foundation in environmental stewardship, doing our part of growing a generation that will be empowered to fight for their planet.
Research tells us that this is not hard, and we play a key role in making it happen. For example, one study examined the lives of the most famous conservationists of all time. The analysis revealed key, shared patterns in their childhoods. They all: spent considerable time interacting with nature; had an attachment to a familiar, natural place; and benefitted from the modeling and influence of a family member. We can be that family member and provide our kids the same opportunities.
In short, our work is to make sure our kids can fall in love with their planet. All the while, we’ll deepen our love for it too. Now that is a gratifying way to fight for the Earth!
Here are 8 of our favorite, easy ways to get started. For future activists at or under 2 years old, we invite them to join us, but let them explore alongside as they choose. You’re modeling great ways to connect. As a result, your wee ones are connecting as well, whether they join in your activity or not: