As we continually experience drastic changes in the weather with strong and heavy rainfalls that flood parts of the country, young children are highly aware of these weather conditions and events that also disrupt their learning cycle. While these weather conditions may be inevitable and hard to predict, much more mitigate, teaching young children about the importance of having a sustainable environment that breeds better weather conditions can be a key in letting them inherit a better world to live in.
To cultivate a mindset of sustainability, young children must be able to connect and appreciate nature. Having exploration walks, being outdoors as much as possible, and having the freedom to explore and interact with natural elements increases young children’s awareness and appreciation for nature.
Engaging all their five senses to observe, interact, and learn about their natural environment helps children learn faster and better. Seeing busy ants lining up gathering food to observing birds pecking or calling each other from tree branches helps children see various forms of
Carbon footprint is a measure of how much greenhouse gases one generates through their actions. There are many carbon footprint calculators online designed to estimate how much carbon footprint one creates. For example, a calculator created by Carbon Positive Australia can help one calculate how much carbon footprint one creates in various categories ranging from energy, water, food & drink, and waste.
While some of these categories may be too advanced and complex for young children to grasp yet, one can start a simple calculation based on things they consume or create such as water, food & drink or waste.
Learning how much carbon their activities release into the atmosphere and how these carbon gases contribute to the greenhouse effect, children can then find ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
Recycling & upcycling