Environmental and climate protection is a hot topic and will have a significant impact on the future of generations who are currently still in their childhood or adolescence. Even so, they often have no understanding of how important environmental protection is and to what extent their actions directly or indirectly influence things like the climate. Educating the people, especially the young ones is then important. While it is up to the parents to promote environmental awareness in their children, teaching the nation to take responsibility and act actively to protect the environment and the climate is also necessary.
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Environmental awareness for children in a playful manner
Bringing the child in contact with nature and setting a good example are among the most important foundations for an environmentally conscious child. Nevertheless, environmental awareness can of course also be actively promoted. Children can do this in a playful way.
The parents’ creativity is required: There are many ways to teach children about it in a playful way. It is especially important that the child has a lot of fun with environmental protection.
Use (digital) media to help
In addition, the media can have a supportive effect, for example to introduce the child to the topic playfully or to explain connections to him. It doesn’t necessarily have to be digital media. There are now many children’s books on the subject, which parents can read aloud, for example, in the evening before going to sleep.
If the child is a little older, they can of course also play appropriate games on the tablet or view age-appropriate documentation on the topic. Media, especially in digital form, should therefore only make up a small part of environmental education, but can certainly be used in a supportive manner to a certain extent.
Getting older children excited about environmental protection
How the topic should be conveyed to schoolchildren and young people who are already able to understand more complex relationships? At best, of course, they created environmental awareness at a young age, so that there is a fundamental interest in it.
With increasing age, this interest can then be used to inform the child more deeply about the connections and, above all, to awaken a sense of responsibility towards nature in him. Of course, this can be done very simply in a personal conversation. (Digital) media can still be used as well. But children, adolescents and many adults understand new things best by being able to see or try them out for themselves.
So now small experiments can be dared to see the connections with your own eyes. But trips to museums on the topic or special exhibitions for children, where they can try things out for themselves, are also a great idea. Young people may be enthusiastic about a visit or even an internship in an environmental company or the parents encourage their child to start or participate in an environmental working group. The possibilities are diverse and so there is certainly a suitable choice for every younger or older child.
In addition, it is of course still important to integrate environmental protection into everyday life and teach it directly when learning to cook or doing other activities.
So there are many ways to environmental awareness especially to a child conscious. The parents’ own behavior is essential and should therefore be started at this point. At the same time, the topic should be present in everyday life and, at best, the child learns environmentally friendly routines right from the start. As they get older, they can understand why these routines or environmental and climate protection in general are so important, what connections there are and how they can be a good role model themselves – for their peers, other generations or one day their own children.