Earth Hour for kids, with kids and by kids.
My daughter is 6 years old and in the last 3 years, she's been with us, as we participated in some of the organized Earth Hour activities. She's very much "Earth Hour-aware". When we get home at night and she sees that most of the lights are off, with just the TV lights hinting that somebody's home, she'd remark, "O si Lola naka-Earth Hour." She has associated energy conservation acts with Earth Hour. And yes, she's knows the significance of Earth Hour and the ideals behind it. It's no surprise as her dad and mom espouse living the green life.
We have books, videos, toys, and gameboards, which teach abour being earth-friendly. We go to the organic market with her. We take eco-tours with her. We do recycling art crafts. We practice waste segregation with her. She looks for the specific waste box where ever she has something to dispose of.
Living the green life is the best way to ensure that kids learn the green life. Deeds are better remembered than mere words.
Legacy. We all want to leave something of value to our children, their children, their children's children, and all the succeeding generations. Material wealth, comfort and ease, may be tops on most minds; but sometimes, these very same things cause degradation of the earth---the "home" as we know it. Climate Change and the effects we have felt and experienced in the past years, have opened our eyes to what a future our offsprings may have. A renewed, revitalized, refreshed earth is the legacy they deserve. Our wasteful use of natural resources today takes away from what they should enjoy tomorrow. Will they breathe clean air and drink safe water? Will they have nourishing food to eat? Will they be safe from harsh weather? Legacy is something we prepare today, this hour.
Let us think then of Earth Hour as the hour we build up a good legacy for our kids. Let us celebrate Earth Hour with them. Allow and enable them to do good green deeds and have an Earth Hour by them.
There are fun ways to teach kids about Earth Hour. You can start online. Try visiting this special website by POCOYO and the Earth Hour organization. Click on this: Pocoyo's Earth Hour.
Do not forget, Earth Hour is tomorrow 8:30 to 9:30 pm, March 26.
The Philippines has always been in the forefront, showing the world with big numbers of participants, how important Earth Hour is. Spread the word. Remind your neighbors, classmates, officemates, friends, and relatives to switch off (and do much more) tomorrow. In an hour of darkness, we'll see in the light of reality, the challenges that we and our earth face.
Learn more about Earth Hour Philippines 2011. Visit the Earth Hour Pilipinas website.
WORD FROM THE SPONSOR
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs - Chapter 22:6