So what can kids (and adults) do to help the environment? Lots! Here is a list of suggestions:
Around your home:
- Turn of any lights or appliances in your house you don’t need on. This includes the play station and wii consoles.
- Have shorter showers (three to four minutes) or have baths.
- Recycle as much as you can. Really think about something before throwing it out. Swap clothes, games, DVD’s and books with friends and family. For school projects try to use old boxes, containers, paper, cardboard etc
- Don’t hold the fridge door open for long periods of time. Decide what you want before opening the fridge door. Limit one fridge per household.
- Don't use plastic bags or plastic bottles. Take cloth bags shopping and use aluminium bottles.
- Install a water tank.
- Install solar hot water and/or solar panels.
- Install insulation.
- In winter put an extra jumper on or use extra blankets instead of using the heater or turn the heater down to a lower setting.
- Only buy food you will actually use. Buy local produce. Buy organic.
- When buying new appliances buy ones with five star energy ratings.
In your garden:
- Make a worm farm and put all your food scraps in it.
- Plant some natives in the garden, they need less water and attract beautiful native birds.
- Start a vegie garden so you can produce your own fresh products.
School and work:
- Get your school involved in environmental projects.
- Plant some trees and a vegie garden.
- For school projects try to use old boxes, containers, paper, cardboard etc.
- Use recycled paper.
- Participate in phone and vide conferencing instead of travelling to meetings and conferences.
- Encourage recycling by setting up a process that everyone can participate in.
- Turn off all computers and lights when you go home (except for security lights).
- Ride, walk or catch the bus to school. You can even car pool with other families and work colleagues.
Looking after our Oceans:
- Reduce the use of plastic's including bottles, bags and utentils.
- Chemicals and detergents often end up in the drain where they eventually get washed out into the ocean so dispose of all harsh chemicals, detergents, paints and oil at appropriate centres.
- When visiting the beach make sure you put your rubbish in the bin and pick up any rubbish you see laying around. Don't remove shells, rocks or animals from rock pools as they are part of an important ecosytem. The only thing you should leave behind are your foot prints!
- When buying fish from your local supermarket choose sustainable seafood. If your local market doesn't stock any ask them to order some in that way you are educating them as well. If you are eating out at a restaurant you can ask them if their seafood is sustainable too.
- Buy your food from local organic farmers as it is better for you and there are less chemicals that end up in our rivers and oceans.
- Plant lots of native plants in your garden as they need less water and no chemicals. You will attract native birds too!
- If you are buying jewellery, things for the house or even for your fish tank make sure the products you buy are not made from real coral.
- Celebrate fish free Friday to allow stocks to replenish.
- If you can walk or catch public transport to the beach.
- Talk to your friends and family about new information you have gained about how to look after the oceans and all that live in them.
- Adopt an animal. Go to the WWF website or the Australian Orang-utan Project website.
- Visit a museum to learn about the environment.
- Watch the documentaries about the environment with your family and friends. Read books and other material and share what you have learnt with others.
- Go on a family picnic to a national park to learn about the local environment or to see a wind farm, or to a dam.
- Talk to a politician about local issues.
- For gifts buy experiences such as movies, scuba diving and charities that help those in developing countries.
- Get involved in local groups helping the environment.
If we all make small changes then together we will all make a big difference!