Inculcating habits like turning off the lights when not needed and using recycled products and alternative transportation methods during childhood may help your kids develop a feeling of responsibility towards protecting the environment as adults, suggests a research.
According to researchers from the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus in Canada, schools and early childhood classroom activities should connect positive experiences in nature with mindful learning and reflection that will help empower students to take a personal role in protecting the environment.
The findings, published in the Australian Journal of Environmental Education, show that 87 percent of study respondents who played outside in their childhood expressed a continued love for nature as young adults. "Developing positive experiences in the nature at a young age can influence our attitude and behaviour towards nature as adults," said lead researcher Catherine Broom.
"Our findings imply that providing positive childhood experiences in nature, such as outdoor school programs, may help to develop care for the environment in adults," Broom said. "However, these may not be sufficient unless programs are building knowledge and self-awareness of environmental stewardship." "Students need to learn and have a conscious understanding that the decisions we make each day can influence our environment, such as where we buy our food and how we use the Earth's natural resources," the researchers explained.