As our climate crisis persists, a lot of children are starting to feel eco anxiety.
As more and more people convert to living an eco-conscious lifestyle, we have to keep in mind that it’s impossible to live a fully sustainable life no matter how many good choices we make. Sometimes when we don’t have a sustainable option in front of us, it’s easy to feel eco guilt and eco anxiety. Making small but significant changes in your life is still helping the world in some way.
Instead of choosing to swap everything at once and overwhelming yourself, you can pick one wasteful item to exchange for a reusable one such as straws, takeaway cups, bags and bottles. Another small change you can make is buying household items and cleaning products that are in glass or paper containers instead of plastic.
A big part of living a sustainable lifestyle is holding yourself accountable while also giving yourself a break when needed. This type of mindset can be making sure you have a reusable bag with you when you leave the house, carrying a reusable water bottle with you instead of buying plastic bottles, using public transportation more frequently, and eating meat less often by having a “Meatless Monday”.
Establishing a habit takes time, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up about having setbacks here and there. Most people don’t realize that one of the easiest ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint is by simply eating less meat, so if there is one to try and commit yourself to doing, it’s this life choice.
As our climate crisis persists, a lot of children are starting to feel eco anxiety. To help them feel less anxious, we as parents can inspire them to live eco-consciously without feeling the bucketload of guilt. We can’t make our kids feel responsible for endangered species, polluted waters and CO2 emissions, so we have to approach the topic in another way. In order to make kids care about the earth they are living in, they have to feel connected to it.
By using nature education and having them play outside with nature unstructured, going on adventures like hikes or water rafting, talking to local park rangers, and setting yourself as an example for your kids to follow, you can be the inspiration for them to be sustainable adults.
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