Amazing Books That Inspire Environmental Responsibility
More and more it seems like the younger generation will have to live with the consequences of questionable environmental decisions. Though things are changing, it is not happening quickly enough.
Greta Thunberg is a 15-year-old Swedish activist. She gave a powerful speech to the UN about the inaction on climate change. She ended the speech by saying “We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people.” Powerful stuff!!
As educators and parents, it is our responsibility to help children understand the need for change and the consequences of inaction. While the future of the planet is very political it doesn’t have to be with children.
These picture books focus on different aspects of saving the planet including deforestation, plastic reduction and saving habitats. Other themes include respect, responsibility, open-mindedness and empathy.
Get Children Involved in the Environment
If you want to inspire children further why not try some of these activities and model positive environmental actions.
- Get children involved in recycling, reducing and reusing items where possible.
- Involve children in outdoor activities and appreciate nature, plants, animals and insects. You could get involved in cleaning up your local environment – beaches, parks, etc.
- Do you have a garden or even a window sill? Try some gardening or growing your own food.
- Develop an understanding of how precious water is. Encourage children turn the tap off when they are cleaning their teeth, etc.
- Recycling old clothes and toys. See more details here how you can encourage children to donate their old items.
- Save electricity by turn off lights or plugs when not needed.
Don’t wait for Earth Day, read books about the environment at any time!
Books That Inspire Environmental Responsibility
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