05 Jun Happy World Environment Day!
This day was started by the United Nations in 1974 and has been celebrated every year on 5th June as the international day of environmental awareness and action. Each year, World Environment Day is hosted in a different country, with events focusing on a central theme. This year’s it is held in Colombia and the theme is “Time for Nature” (#ForNature on social media) and focuses on biodiversity in order to combat the accelerating loss of species and degradation of the natural world.
The UN’s statistics show that one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and nature’s current rate of decline is unparalleled. From the devastating bushfires to the destruction of coral reefs and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s theme is more pertinent than ever.
At The Thriving Group we care about empowering future generations and this means educating children to be conscious and pragmatic about the way they live. Our lifestyle has a direct impact on the environment and it is very valuable to start the eco friendly conversation as early as possible.
Here are five ideas to discuss with your children and put in practice in your household:
Walk or Bike Ride
Be aware of how often you choose to drive your car when you could have easily walked or ridden a bike. Try going car free for the day (and whenever you can). By encouraging children to walk or ride their bikes they become part of climate change. Talk about your carbon footprint and the importance of reducing harmful emissions. Not only will they be empowered to lead a healthier lifestyle, you can praise them for helping the planet too.
Eat a plant-based diet
It is well documented that the most beneficial lifestyle change we can make for our planet is reducing our consumption of animal products in favour of plant-based food. Animal agriculture is the main contributor to global warming, and is also responsible for mass deforestation and fresh water waste. According to the Water Footprint Network, it takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce just 1 gallon of milk. Think about ways that you can reduce the quantity of meat your household consumes, whether it’s serving smaller portions, or having meat-free days. Learning to cook plant-based recipes is a fun way of involving the whole family.
Plant local flora for the bees
Plant seeds now and nature will reap the benefits later. Gardening is one of the most enjoyable activities for children. They are in awe of growing plants and flowers and it is rewarding to witness the fruits of their effort. Bee populations are dwindling all over the world. This is an activity that will help bees, ensuring that they have plenty of flowers and plants on which to feed.
Recycle and minimize single use plastic
Teach your child how to recycle, involve them in the process. Explain to your child why you are making an effort to use less plastic. The statistics regarding our single-use plastic consumption are worrying. By 2050 there could be more plastic, by weight, than fish in our seas. When you go shopping make sure you bring reusable bags and when you make packed lunch opt for reusable containers.
The best way to ensure that your children will play their part in protecting our biodiversity is by continuing this conversation throughout the year and not only on this international environment-focused day. Children love the planet and mother nature and there are plenty of books that explain the importance of leading an environmentally friendly lifestyle. If you have older children and you are interested in finding out more about biodiversity, try taking this quiz and see how knowledgeable you are: Think you know biodiversity?
Today let’s be grateful for our planet. Start the discussion in your home and create a rewarding lifestyle that will benefit your family and our biodiversity at large. As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
We stand together #ForNature.
Join us in empowering future generations.