Last week was World Car Free Day and it made me think about how many times I choose options that benefit the environment.
My grandchildren only live a block away so when I head over there to babysit I walk over, at least as often as I can.
At home we recycle, compost, reuse and donate what we no longer need. I have been working on reducing my use of single-use plastic by replacing straws and plastic cutlery.
This cutlery roll from All Things Preserved is handy to carry in my purse and makes it easy to refuse plastic when I eat out.
Super Kids Save the World
Still, with all this I feel that I could be doing more. Are there other things in my home that I could replace to make my living more environmentally friendly?
I was encouraged by my desire to learn more about protecting the environment to create a book series for kids where they could learn too. The Super Kids Save the World book series pairs kids against monsters who are not very environmentally friendly. For each book I meet with a group of children to get their ideas on what that monster is doing to harm the Earth, and what ideas they have that might reverse the effects and help save the world.
I used monsters because it was an easy to understand analogy for things like climate change (try explaining that to a 4 or 5 year-old). I also wanted to make sure that the monsters were not destroyed but taught to do better as I think that is an important lesson in itself.
In this book from the Super Kids Save the World series the Motor Monster is abusing the use of his vehicle, driving everywhere, idling etc. So, the Super Kids take away his car and force him to learn better, more environmentally friendly ways of getting around.
Creating Environmental Super Heroes
By teaching children the importance of a small eco-footprint we will be creating within them a habit of care that will benefit the future of this world. They will be empowered with knowledge of how to live the best. They will be inspired for innovation to help us all learn to do better.
They will be our environmental super heroes and they will indeed help save our world. Let's all learn to do better, to be better and to make our world better.
Susan from All Things Preserved , who helped me create the eco-footprint checklist at the back of each of the books has this advice: Do you want to take steps in your daily life to be kinder to the earth but you just don’t know where to start? I’ve got the answer: Begin Anywhere. I’m not trying to be funny. This is 100% true. Anywhere you start is going to be a change for the better.
Try this challenge: Ask yourself, what was the last item I threw away? Examine that item closely and try to answer the following questions:
• Did I really need to purchase that item?
• If it is a necessity, is there a more sustainable alternative I could have chosen?
• Before it gets tossed, can I reuse, repurpose or donate it?
• When it is thrown away, am I doing so responsibly by recycling if possible?
One simple change can make a huge difference. And you can make an even bigger impact by sharing this challenge with everyone you know.
Thankfully All Things Preserved offers a 10 Easy Steps Towards A Zero Waste Home event to help us learn more.
If you're on a mission to become more environmentally friendly, why not start with simple changes in your own home? I invite you to join the conversation about simple switches and practices that will begin your zero waste journey.
Raffi notes in his Child Honouring course that Earth-friendly is child-friendly as we are treating the world with respect we are leaving them the beautiful world they deserve.