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Caring for nature: a guide to 5 actions to engage children

Awareness of nature care is a responsibility that should be taught to children.

It is an activity that does not require much effort, but it is important to encourage it from a young age to contribute to protecting the planet. It is about teaching your children principles and values to take care of ecosystems and natural resources.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR (2017), one of the most important values you can teach children is the love for nature.

For this reason, it is essential to carry out activities with them that help conserve the natural environment and that they can put into practice in their day-to-day lives.

These are 5 practical actions that you can do with children to take care of nature and that, in addition, help prevent the advance of global warming.

1. Recycling and reusing with your children is essential to care for nature.

Recycling and reuse are some of the bases for the care of nature. That is why children must learn how to separate each type of waste to recycling them.

In addition, you can teach them to think of new uses for old or damaged objects. It is a fun activity that can encourage them to reduce environmental pollution

2. Promote recycling activities with used cooking oil (UCO).

Used cooking oil (UCO) is one of the main causes of urban water pollution. To avoid this, you can promote reuse activities so that children can put it to other uses. One is making your own oil soaps or candles.

Another more straightforward way is to recycle it through the Manos Verdes project. Collect used cooking oil in a plastic bottle and deposit it at the collection points. Explain to them that, in addition to making homemade crafts, this can be converted into biofuel.

3. Use more natural light and turn off unneeded lights.

Taking advantage of natural light contributes to energy savings and helps conserve natural resources. Show your children that there is no need to turn on lights if they have natural light.

Also, turning them off when the rooms are not in use is important. In this way, they do not waste energy and can contribute significantly to caring for nature.

4. Encourage actions to reduce the use of plastic.

Reducing the use of plastic is essential to protect the seas and rivers. Therefore, children must learn to choose foods packaged with biodegradable materials that are more natural.

This action helps them to develop new skills for responsible consumption that favors the care of nature.

It is a strategy that provides them with environmental awareness as they become involved in obtaining their food with less use of plastic.

5. Plant a tree and explain the benefits of caring for nature.

Planting trees is one of the actions you can do with children that they will enjoy the most. They produce oxygen and help capture CO2 emissions, one of the causes of climate change affecting the planet.

This solution can combat severe environmental problems such as deforestation and forest fires.

These actions for the care of nature will help children understand the importance of protecting the world in which they live.

With them, they strengthen values and act responsibly toward conserving the environment.

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