Written by Sahana Charan and published on 06 May 2021.
On World Nature Conservation Day, let's teach our children how to care for the environment. Here are 5 activities for children that will teach them to be environment-conscious
Isn't it fun to let time go by while we just admire the beauty of nature? Most of us take nature and its resources for granted. This is one of the reasons there has been widespread damage to the environment in the form of reduced green cover, global warming, unexpected floods and so on. On World Nature Conservation Day, let us re-think our outlook on the environment and come up with activities and ideas that will help nature thrive.
|Six of the warmest years on record have occurred since 2015|
|46 per cent of the world's trees have been cleared out since the birth of human civilization|
|Land ice is shrinking at a rate of 1.2 trillion tons per year|
|Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter-century due to deforestation|
|There might be only 10 per cent of rain forests left in the world by 2030, because of widespread deforestation|
Nature Conservation Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the conservation of nature and to stress the importance of preserving our natural resources. To ensure the well-being of our future generations, it is important that we work towards a sustainable environment.
Here are some activities you can engage in with your family to help conserve nature.
Composting is something that will give your children valuable lessons on how the environment makes life sustainable. To begin with, start segregating the waste in your household so that the kitchen/wet waste is not mixed with other waste.
How to make compost
Making a bird feeder out of a milk carton is a fairly easy activity that even young children can help with. Once it is done, you can hang it on a tree in your garden or even on your balcony. The children will be amazed at the number of birds it will attract.
How to make a bird feeder
Some children have this intrinsic ability to observe the hidden treasures of nature, which we adults hardly pay attention to. Little creatures like insects and worms, and all kinds of bugs, beetles and creepy crawlies fascinate children. Doing a garden insect/bug census is an innovative way of getting children to connect with the environment. All they have to do is go around the backyard or the garden and observe different types of insects.
How to take a census of garden bugs
Social media has become a powerful tool in recent times and it serves as a great medium to propagate strong messages about biodiversity and conservation. Making a short film on a mobile phone about a small change or a problem in your neighborhood, and sharing it on social media can garner a lot of attention.
What to keep in mind while shooting the video
With a little bit of creativity, it is possible to turn unused things lying around the house into something useful. On that note, how about making planters out of coconut shells or old tyres?
How to make a planter
Nature conservation efforts need to start from home. When we teach our children to interact sensitively with the environment, we indirectly help the community at large. Let us teach our children to do their bit towards protecting the environment.