Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teaching Kids Sustainability

Teaching Kids Sustainability
Teaching Sustainability
After viewing the movie Food Inc., I wanted to include my kids in changing our lifestyle and teach them a little more about sustainability. This wasn't a huge task as we already practice sustainability and healthy eating, we already include our children in the education process. I just wanted to take it to the next level. 

A Search for Organic Produce

We started with a trip to the local supermarkets looking for organic meat and produce. I gave my daughter a clipboard with a list of foods we normally stock; I divided the list up by supermarket and instructed her to keep track of what we find and how much it cost. I will be posting a supermarket review later in the week. This led to a day long discussion about what Certified Organic really means.

A Discussion About Sustainability

A discussion in the car about sustainability brought up several movie titles you may want to make sure your kids watch. The movie Wall-E, "The Bee Movie" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." All three of these movies address the topic of sustainability from a child's perspective.

 A Few Movies Later

After mentioning "The Bee Movie" my five year old gave me a great working definition. He said, "Oh yeah, stay-ability, if we mess with the bees then we won't have any flowers." I realize this is a very simple breakdown of a complicated topic but it is a great start.

So, my advice on teaching your kids "stay-ability" is to let them have fun with it. Let them watch these movies, involve them in your lifestyle changes and then let them plant a garden and do some recycled crafting. They catch on faster than we do sometimes.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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