By Sara Zipf
Younger generations are driving environmental changes at home, as found in a survey conducted by OnePoll. The survey of some 2,000 Americans—most of whom were parents—showed that parents wished to embrace a greener lifestyle to leave a better world to future generations. However, kids are driving change in another way—they are more knowledgeable about their parents on many aspects of sustainability, often reminding the latter about matters such as recycling and the avoidance of single-plastic purchases. It’s all got to do with the many opportunities that kids these days have to learn about the importance of fighting for a greener world.
Environmental Studies in the School Curriculum
If, in the past, studies about environmental matters were often limited to subjects such as Science and Geography, these days, topics such as global warming are making their way into almost every subject thinkable—from Math right through to English, Art, and even Music. Teachers are a big impulse for change, setting assignments and tasks that ask children to calculate their family’s carbon footprint, compose rap songs inspired by the environment, or create artwork that represents the challenges currently faced by Planet Earth. In traditional subjects like Science, meanwhile, renewable energies like solar and aeolic energy are being studied in a much more vital manner. Thus, theoretical learning is taking a back seat to experiments in which children harness natural energy from the sun or wind, using it to measure melting rates, light up toy houses, or cook their favorite treats.
Places to Visit
Sustainability is the buzzword in a plethora of industries, with eco-tourism booming like never before. Today, kids in areas such as Southern California have so many organized visits and activities to enjoy at places like the Agua Hedionda Lagoon—which is home to four habitats (marshlands, upland plant communities, intertidal mudflats, and subtidal habitats). Children are able to visit these beautiful areas and view the growth and proliferation of flora and fauna from up-close. Organized visits include camps, games, crafts, exhibitions, and so many activities planned with a respect for the environment at their core.