Parents are the first heroes of children. The way they behave with children in their early years shape the way they will conduct their entire lives. So it is imperative that parents inculcate green values in their children. Like in Israel, the charity should begin the moment a child is born by planting a tree. The tree should be of local variety and not any exotic type.
1) Caring about the trees: People living in cities like Delhi can connect with the forest department which will provide them with saplings and a designated spot to plant the tree. They should tend the tree and once the child attain a certain age they should take her there to sensitise about the importance of the tree and its connection with her.
2) Bringing them close to nature: Engage children with the nature by taking them for excursion in local nature parks and wild life sanctuaries.
3) Teaching them not to waste: From a very young age the children should be told politely but firmly that they should not waste anything. The critical old values of not wasting food, water and money should be ingrained in them. They should be brought up in a manner where they know the value of everything, not just their price tags.
4) Teaching them the importance of money: The children should also be made to learn the importance of earning something. If they insist on getting something ask them to save certain amount of money and then you will pitch in the rest. This way they will value.
5) Encourage them to talk on environment: Help them connect with a green cause. Take them to meeting. Encourage them to speak up in their school forums, write about it, articulate their views and then help them walk the talk.
6) Involve them in donations to the needy: Teach them to share their old out fitted clothes and course books with others. Make them donate it to an NGO or a needy. This will give them the pride and a sense of achievement. Involve them, especially boys, in taking a stock of their belongings to clear the clutter.
7) Applying their creativity to recycle waste: Sometimes challenge your kids by asking them to recycle and reuse their belonging to increase their life span or usability. It would be fun as it would tease their brains, make them think and help them grow as a more rounded and grounded adults.
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