Oh man, oh man. Since we’ve been working on educating ourselves on various ways we can save the planet (using this book I shared about last week), we’ve definitely all been feeling a little bit convicted. The big girls and I have really been enjoying going through the book and talking about things we do and how we can improve. They aren’t major things, but it’s definitely a start. Plus, awareness and intentionality is key.
We talked about how we need to use both sides of the paper because we want to help preserve trees. They’ve also started turning off the water as they soap their hands and then turning it back on to rinse. Brave has a tendency to take a long time to wash her hands, but now we agreed singing the “Happy Birthday” song while washing is sufficient time. They used to keep the bathroom light on at night (they’re afraid of the dark), but now they turn it off because they say they don’t want to waste energy, even that one surprised Ben a bit because they loved having that light on!
We made a small list of practical things we can do on the whiteboard, which the girls then wrote down in their journals. They also made a little picture to accompany each tip. Then, they even made their own eco-warriors! True named hers Princess Earth, and Brave named hers Laura. Not sure what that has to do with saving the planet, but that’s what she decided, so Laura it is!
Here are some bits of information from You Can Save the Planet that startled us…
“The average person uses and disposes of the equivalent of seven trees a year.” That’s a lot of trees!
“Up to 2 gallons of water can run out of the tap in one minute.” Imagine all that water we waste so fast!
“A color TV left on standby can use 85% of the energy it uses when it is actually one.” We don’t have a TV, but my computer is always on standby, I need to shut it off more often.
It is kind of cool to see the girls taking an active role in these little things. I know these things are minor and small now, but hopefully it will instill in them an awareness in helping take care of this planet. It’s a beautiful place and I want them to take care in keeping it that way! Like Tinajo said in a comment last week, “Everyone can’t do everything, but everyone can do something!” That is so true and I want to teach my kids that though they are little, they definitely can do something.
I loved all the suggestions you gave last week about other books/blogs to read regarding this subject as I’ve looked some of them up already. We’re definitely enjoying learning how to be eco-warriors together and I encourage you all to do what you can too! What sort of things do you do in your own home to help save our planet? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks too!