Let’s Take Responsibility This Renewable Energy Day
Climate change may seem like a mystical and distant phenomenon, but the inescapable truth remains that we have caused it by our callous use of non-renewable fuels. Surely, the summers are slowly getting warmer and the winters shorter and less cold. We adults, as a generation, owe it to our children to equip them with an attitude to reverse or at least halt this dangerous phenomenon.
Since 2004, the Government has celebrated the 20th of August as Renewable Energy Day or Akshay Urja Divas. This year, we suggest a few things we can do to sensitize the inheritors of our Earth, our children, to issues concerning climate change.
- Keep up with the news on climate change
Issues of climate change and breakthroughs in combating it are usually relegated to a small paragraph or two somewhere in the inside pages of the paper or in between some sensational TV news segments. It is our responsibility to keep up with the news on climate by regularly surfing the sites that talk about it. Increased traffic on these sites will help keep them running. Share what you read with your kids and make sure to have a discussion about what you read to ensure your children comprehend the gravity of the situation. Here are a couple of sites to get you started:www.climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/global-temperature
- Teach your children how to read recycling symbols on packaging
The next time you take a take a trip to the departmental store, make sure to point out the recycling symbols on the cartons of juice and food storage containers you buy. Buy products packaged in containers you can recycle as pots for plants, pen stands or anything else you can think of. Here’s a website to help you understand recycling symbols:
3. Condition your mind, not the air
Small things such as eco-friendly habits in the household can go a long way in helping our planet. Children must be taught to conserve water when they brush their teeth and use plastics and electricity judiciously. Besides our attitudes, switching to energy efficient alternatives such as LED bulbs and solar cookers will also be beneficial. You can also spend some time gardening with your little one to teach them the importance of the natural eco system. Allow us to suggest a few plants that you can easily grow in your house!
4. Reclaim the roads with your bicycle
The oldest and most clichéd way to conserve fuel is also the most effective one. Need to take a trip to the store to buy some veggies? Take the bicycle! Not only is it good for the planet, your child will pick up a healthy habit and get to have some fun with you! For tips on how to introduce your child to cycling, read this: -insert link on blog post on the same topic.
This Akshay Urja Diwas, take a pledge to be more energy efficient. We have one life, one planet. Let’s make it better.
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