Thursday, 12 March 2009
by Mama Fox
Yesterday was Neighborhood Clean Up. A surprisingly small amount of people showed up at 10am to pick up trash around our neighborhood. Daylight Savings threw us for a loop and we didn't get out there until 10:45ish. But we were there and helping.
H and T carried the trash bags while Papa Fox and I, wearing gloves, picked up lots of cigarettes and beer tops, bits of plastic bottles and junk. E got the easy job of hanging out in the stroller. While we walked we talked about the importance of cleaning up trash, about recycling and the Earth in general. H was especially concerned about what would happen if the Earth stopped spinning, which lead into talking about gravity and magnetic fields. (I tell ya I have a smart almost 5 year old. Haha! His birthday is on Sunday! GAH!)
At noon, we wandered back to our starting point where there was food waiting for us.... barbeque, both turkey and beef hot dogs and hamburgers. Now, this is Texas and I expected as much so I brought I lunch for Ethan and myself. We sat happily munching on strawberries, blueberries and apple slices while chatting with the neighbors about the new flower market, a recent break in and how great the weather was (70s and slightly overcast). It was a nice morning out. (And I learned that Cliff Bars are oh so good and vegan. Woot!)
I think it is extremely necessary to teach our children how to care for the Earth because it is their inheritance. We are raising Earth's next care takers. We must take care of what we are passing down to future generations and make sure they have the tools to take over that care. We wouldn't throw an untrained person into a job and expect it to turn out good. We have the tools and the knowledge to change our environmental crisis and we should be teaching that to our children.
I think one of the best ways of teaching our children to be good stewards of our planet is to be good stewards ourselves. We are our children's best role model after all. We don't (usually) allow our children to trash the house yet we trashing our planet, our home. What kind of message is that sending our children? I feel we need to give the Earth some TLC and make sure our kids are watching and understand why we do it. Open up communication, watch Wall-E with them, enlist their help. We are doing it for them after all.
Do you think preserving the Earth is important for our children's futures? What are ways that you teach your children about caring for the Earth?