Growing up, we didn’t know or understand a lot about reducing our carbon footprint, protecting our waters, helping our environment or shopping local. Of course all that has changed now. As a family, we are more aware of how our actions can make a big difference for the future, of both the planet and our children.
My kids were actually a big catalyst in changing the way I act and think when it comes to protecting the environment and how I do things in our everyday lives. I realized that everything we do (or don’t do) will have a direct impact on the world our children, and their children, grow up in.
With summer here and some very warm temperatures, the topic of water has come up, how we use it and conserve it.
Recently I saw a video for RBC’s world-wide campaign in which RBC employees and local communities pitched in to help clean up local waterfronts for the RBC Blue Water Project. Here in Vancouver, it was a team effort between RBC and Science World to talk to and teach the youth about protecting the local waters, water preservation and the importance of fresh water.
It really seemed to have a positive impact. Since I have younger children, sometimes it’s more difficult for them to understand these things, especially the bigger picture. So what we try and do is teach them the small things that they can do at home that will make a difference and help save water. This in turn will set the ground work for having those bigger conversations about protecting the local waters, when they are ready to understand.
Here are some of the simple things we do to Teach the Kids About Saving Water at Home:
1. Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth
2. Use cold water and short cycles when doing laundry
3. Only run the dishwasher if it’s a full load
4. Fill the tub when taking a bath instead of keeping the tap running
5. Take shorter showers
6. Keep some water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap to get cold water
Doing small things like this will hopefully be a catalyst in helping our children understand that the little things can make a difference to the bigger picture.
How do you you talk to your kids about these kinds of global and environmental topics?
* This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts, words and opinions are my own.