What should we be doing to protect our planet?
22/4 Today we celebrate Earth Day, an international awareness day to combat worrying environmental issues like climate change, greenhouse gases, and global warming.
Most of us are aware of the threat these issues cause to our planet and our future generations. And many of us take steps to reduce our carbon footprint.
There are also plenty of signs that suggest governments are taking the matter seriously as well. Recycling is now a legal requirement in the UK. Renewable energy technology like wind farms have become a common and reassuring sight in the countryside. Plus, many public transport providers are now using much more environmentally-friendly technology, with diesel-electric hybrid busses running in London and around the globe.
Perhaps this has led many of us to believe that enough is being done to address the threat of climate change. A poll has revealed that levels of public concern for environmental issues are lower than they have been in over 20 years! The poll by GlobeScan revealed that only 49% of people surveyed thought that climate change was a very serious concern.
Unfortunately, this lack of concern is at odds with the growing body of evidence that environmental damage is more of a threat than ever!
Climate change is still a very real and growing problem, and each of us must take responsibility for our planet. Here are a few things you can do at home:
REDUCE YOUR EMISSIONS
Burning fossil fuels causes irreparable damage to our planet. Try to reduce your emissions as much as possible. If it’s not too far, try to commit to walking or cycling to school -even if it’s just one day a week you could cut your emissions by up to 20%!
If that’s not possible, why not carpool? If there are other parents at your child’s school that live near you, organise to share the journey. Speak to your school and see if they can help you set something up!
REPLENISH THE PLANET!
Plant a tree in your garden. This is a lovely way to teach children about the environment. Your tree will grow up to help produce oxygen, reduce carbon, provide food and shelter for animals, insects and all sorts of micro organisms!
TEACH CHILDREN TO APPRECIATE NATURE
It is important to teach children to love and respect nature from a young age. Our https://relaxkids.com/product/nature/ features 16 calming nature-themed meditations for children, which will teach them about nature whilst also helping them relax!