By Michael Morgan, M.Ed./M.A.T., principal, MESA
At MESA being environmentally-friendly goes beyond what happens at school. Whether good or bad, habits stick to us like gum on a shoe. Being green means making the most out of the resources available to reduce, recycle and reuse everything we can. It’s our job as guardians of the planet and as parents to ensure the earth’s health as well as the health of our children.
Reduce, recycle and reuse Recycling plastic, paper, metal cans, is a practical way to develop early green habits, but children can be taught some great recycling and reusing options beyond the blue and green bins.
Improve the outdoors and your neighborhood Parents can encourage their children and other neighborhood youth to organize and execute a community clean up. This weekend activity can be made into a fun challenge by creating teams that compete to collect the most garbage.
Don’t kill spiders They may be creepy crawlers to some, but spiders are a natural ally to the environment. Spiders are a vital part of the food chain and provide pesticide-free pest control.
Turn it off It is easy to walk out of a room and forget to turn the light off, but these simple tasks can be easily taught to children.
Care for a plant Give your kids the responsibility of caring for a plant. Teach them when the soil is dry – water it, and when it’s wet – leave it be. This can be a clever intro into getting kids exciting about science.
These are only a few ways to develop green a lifestyle in your child. The list continues to expand and grow. Please share ways that you teach your child to be green below, so we can spread the word.