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Celebrating World Environment Day: Inspiring Young Minds for a Greener Future


It’s that time of year again when we dedicate a day to rejoice in the splendour of our natural world. World Environment Day, marked on 5th June, is a worldwide event brimming with activities aimed at fostering environmental awareness. This day serves as a reminder for us, particularly those involved in Children, Young People and Families work, to teach our young ones about the importance of nurturing our Earth.


As adults, it’s our role to introduce children to the wonders of the world. But where to begin, you might ask? Well, let’s start with some fascinating environmental facts that’ll be sure to get the conversation flowing:


Did you know that over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, providing homes to incredible marine biodiversity?

Believe it or not, a single tree can absorb as much as 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide in a year. That’s equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by driving around 160 kilometres!

Here’s a fun fact – the average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Yet, these industrious creatures play an indispensable role in pollinating the plants that make up the world’s food supply.

Now, let’s look at some practical ways we can encourage the young ones to engage with the environment positively:


Nature Walks and Treasure Hunts: Organise nature walks or a scavenger hunt in local parks or forests. This will not only be fun but also a great way to educate children about local flora and fauna. Try incorporating items like fallen leaves, pine cones, or flowers into the hunt and later use them for an art project.


Home Gardening: Gardening is a brilliant hands-on way to teach children about the life cycle of plants and the importance of caring for living things. You don’t need a huge space – a windowsill or a small patio will do.


Recycling and Upcycling: Introduce recycling as a regular household habit. Talk about the importance of reducing waste and the concept of “reuse and recycle”. Encourage upcycling by creating craft projects using items that would have otherwise been thrown away.


Wildlife Projects: Building birdhouses or insect hotels can be a fun way to teach children about local wildlife. They will learn how every creature plays a vital role in maintaining the balance of our ecosystems.


To instil an appreciation for our environment in children is to sow the seeds of a more sustainable future. The benefits of teaching children about nature are manifold – it not only helps in their cognitive and emotional development but also fosters a sense of responsibility and respect for the environment.


World Environment Day is not just a celebration but an opportunity. An opportunity to teach, to learn, and to inspire change. It’s a reminder that our actions today will mould the world that future generations inherit. So, let’s all pledge to make a conscious effort in our everyday lives to protect our precious planet. After all, as the African proverb says, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”


Remember, our Earth, our Environment, and our future are in our hands. Together, let’s make every day World Environment Day!