No education is complete without an understanding of our earth. But children are increasingly shut indoors away from it and consequently their understanding of how it is relevant to them and the way they live is sometimes lacking. What is also lacking is an understanding of what happens to their waste, which is also conveniently removed from consciousness.

Parents and educators need to rectify this because it has an important effect. The more contact children have with these things the more respect they have, particularly of the need to preserve the resources the earth gives us, even those we just mindlessly throw away.

A recent report on the BBC news called for people to think more carefully about this. It illustrated the amount of perfectly good items that were rescued from landfill to be resold. And asked that we all become more conscious about resources – an awareness we need to be teaching our children.

When home educating you have ample opportunity to get kids outside, connected with the earth and conscious of the resources we depend on it for. But wherever they are educated we perhaps need to make sure they understand these simple concepts:

  1. Just about everything that you buy, use, replace, or own has cost the earth in terms of resources and pollution in providing it. Just because you can’t physically see the damage you’re doing, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
  2. Nearly every item you throw away pollutes. Some waste isn’t biodegradable for years. You can see what happens to some of your plastic on the website Plastic Oceans and read this article in the Independent about electronic waste.
  3. All food comes from the earth – if we pollute the earth we pollute our food sources.
  4. The same with water. Our water is held within an ever revolving cycle; whatever we put into it, comes back to us. Learn about the cycle here.
  5. The hotter we have our homes the dirtier we make the air we breathe.

There is so much each family can do to reduce this impact. For example:

  • Examine what you throw away and find ways to reduce what you put in your bins.
  • Question how many possessions you really need and what you can do without (helps budget too).
  • Encourage your children to treasure each of their possessions as if they had cost the earth – because they have.
  • Turn your heating down.
  • Find ways of using cars less and legs more.
  • Be mindful of how you use the precious resource that water is.
  • Learn together about ways of reducing your impact as much as possible. Click here for info.
  • Shock yourself out of complacency by visiting a landfill site!
  • Find your local recycling centre and use it.
  • Make this consciousness an important part of your lifestyle.



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Joseph is a French and Spanish to English translator, language enthusiast, and blogger.