There are many things that kids can do to help the environment. Below are some different challenges that they can tackle to help out around the home and in their school.
1. Ask your parents to help you plant a tree. Trees and plants help to absorb the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.
2. Ask your family to start driving your car less. There are many ways to get around that don’t involve driving. Walk, ride your bike or take the bus to where you need to go! Carpooling is also a great way to get around and think of the amount of cars that would be off the road if everyone did this.
3. Tell your parents and teachers to transfer their mail to email wherever they can! This saves trees by having your family’s bills emailed to you instead of coming in the mail on paper. You will be helping to keep as many trees as possible standing to soak up the carbon dioxide.
4. Tell your family to use less heat and air conditioning. And when you do use it, keep the temps lower (Heating: 18°C to 21°C is comfortable for most people; Cooling: 24°C to 27°C is comfortable for most people. Every 1°C lower or higher adds 5-10% to the running costs of your appliance). Heating our homes in the winter and cooling them off in the summer takes a lot of energy, which is very hard on planet Earth. Dress for the weather! Instead of turning on the fireplace, put on a sweater or use a blanket to keep warm!
5. Save electricity. To help save the environment there are many easy ways to use less electricity. The simplest thing is to remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room! Also, unplugging the toaster or any other small machine after you use it saves a lot of energy through the day. Even if you’re not using it, leaving something plugged in takes up energy.
6. Save water. Something as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth makes a HUGE difference. Doing this one thing helps you save up to 25 gallons of water each month! You can also shorten your shower by a minute to save up to 150 gallons of water a month! Another great way to save water is by turning off the running water while you lather your hands with soap and then turn it back on to rinse your hands. And make sure to tighten any taps that are dripping water!
7. Get re-usable water bottles for yourself and your family. There are so many cool water bottles available that you can use over and over again to help reduce plastic pollution. If you have to get rid of a plastic water bottle, remember to recycle it!
8. Recycle any plastic bottles and bags you have at home. Do your part to keep plastic out of the oceans and off of the land by recycling all the plastic in your home.
9. Bring homemade lunches to school. Instead of bringing plastic-wrapped lunches to school, pack a healthy homemade lunch in a reusable Tupperware container. This keeps that plastic wrap & packaging out of the rubbish.
10. Recycle old batteries and electronics. Have your parents help you find the place in your neighborhood to recycle your old batteries and electronics that you don’t need anymore (televisions, computers, etc). Do your part to keep these harmful products out of oceans and off of the land.
11. Start a school recycling program. Talk to the teachers and principle at your school to organise a school recycling program that you can all participate in.
12. Spend time in nature. Instead of watching TV tonight or playing indoors … why not go outside and play? There are many great things that you can do outside like playing a sport, taking your dog for a walk, going to the beach or planning an outdoor game (cricket, footy, or a waterfight!) with the neighborhood kids. Not only will the Earth love you being outside but you’ll feel great playing out in the fresh air!
13. Keep your school and neighborhood free of garbage. The more we keep our Earth clean the happier it will be. Do your part by making sure you don’t leave your garbage lying around. There might also be rubbish that isn’t yours but it will still harm the environment. Put it in the recycling or garbage where it belongs. If you want to do a huge thing for Planet Earth plan a garbage pick-up at your school and involve all your family and friends to clean up the area where you play.