Environment Education for Kids : Environmental Garbage & Recycling Education for Kids

Did you know it takes a million years for
a piece of glass to decompose? Did you know that for every kind of paper we recycle we
save seventeen trees on this beautiful earth? And did you know we as Americans throw away
two point five million plastic bottles in one hour? Hi, I’m Debbie Noah and I am here
to teach you about how to teach your kids about garbage and recycling. One of the important
things is be sure that you have taught your children the importance of keeping our earth
clean. Young children appreciate that at a very young age, talking about what litter
is, how we shouldn’t throw things on the earth, how we can pick it up and make a huge difference.
And I think the huge thing that we need to teach our kids is that we as one person can
make a difference globally. It’s not just a problem here, it’s a problem everywhere
and it’s going to be a problem for our future. A good way to talk about garbage and where
does it all go is take the kids out to the curb for a little field trip to the garbage
truck. And talk about how much garbage is being thrown away and multiply that by the
whole neighborhood, multiply that by the state, by the country, by the world. And that is
a lot of garbage. They need to understand the importance of we’re running out of land
for our land fills, and that’s where it goes. Also while you’re teaching this, talk about
what’s biodegradable and what’s not biodegradable, recyclable, what’s not recyclable. This is
also a great time to teach your kids about recycling. Recycling is probably the number
one thing we can all do to make a huge difference. At your house, give them that responsibility,
that they’re the recyclers of the house. Have tubs, let them sort it, talk about things
that are recyclable. Paper of course, magazines, newspapers, big recyclable, cardboard boxes,
those could be sorted in one box. Plastics, of course plastics are a huge issue and they
need to be recycled for sure. Aluminum cans, let them be the can crushers, put them in
the recycle bin, be responsible, get it out to the curb. And of course glass, if there’s
little kids you need to be careful with glass. But, those are the kinds of things that they
need to know that they’re important you’ve empowered them, you’ve given them responsibility
and they are making a difference in making this world a better place for themselves and
for their children and for their grandchildren. One of the really important things along with
the recycling is first introduce, reducing, reusing and then recycling, teaching kids
to look for things that they can reuse; things like yogurt cups, things that fresh fruit
comes in. They can put their crayons in this, use this for a snack cup, a multitude of things
that can be reused. And them think about it. This glass jar, it can be reused. This plastic
bottle, it can be reused. Those sets which need to be first. Reducing how much we throw
away and then ultimately recycling. I’m Debbie Noah and that’s how you teach your kids about
garbage and recycling.

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