Teaching Kids to be Green
Americans generate millions of tons of waste...call it garbage,
refuse, or trash…it's the waste
we produce in our homes and communities. Although many cities have
extensive recycling programs, almost 60% of what is thrown out
in a garbage can, may be recycled.
By teaching recycling tips and information to kids
at an early age, we are cultivating the next generation to be more
aware, and earth conscious.
is a review of online
resources that provide information to educators and parents to
teach their kids to be Green, or eco-friendly.
EPA.gov website provides information, games and activities
for younger kids (Ages 4-8) that can be downloaded directly
from their website. Some online games
include, 'Which bin does it go in?' and ask kids for creative
ideas on 'What
can you do with a jelly jar?'
children can learn about more comprehensive community programs
like hazardous waste management, recycling oil, and how to
programs up in their neighborhood.
well-made, creative website for teaching the 3 R's (rreduce,
reuse, recycle), is a UK site called http://www.recyclezone.org.uk/.
The site teachers children how to make their own recycled paper,
start their own compost bin, and even has a "Rubbish Quiz".
or community groups like Girls Scout troops can download activity
sheets directly from Earth911. They have
may be downloaded to help keep track of recycling efforts throughout
the year. The page says 2004, but the calendars are un-numbered,
so they may be used for any year.
children naturally want to help, and love to 'do good'. This
is a perfect time
to teach your children to “give back” to their environment.
Recycling not only makes a difference by saving energy, but it
also helps the economy. Also, by recycling we cut back on energy,
because companies don’t have to make the product from raw
materials. Another advantage is to the environment and the air
we breathe. Some items may contain harmful chemicals that get into
the air or seep into the water supply from landfills and other