Action 239: Prepare the next generation for the issues we are facing

globeDate: 27 August
Action: 239
Cost of taking action: £/$/€ NIL

 

By our guest author Divya Hari in Singapore

The problems we have created will take several generations to fix!

Today’s action is another one about education and comes from our guest write Divya who is based in Singapore.

We need to arm the next generation with an environmental and moral education.

In all probability, the next generation will not be inheriting planet paradise from us; more likely an Earth riddled with a myriad of problems – which we ourselves are struggling to address.

Even though climate change is one of the most pressing issues threatening life on our planet, governments and schools are not communicating the most effective ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprints, or the reasons why it is important to do so. But only when empowered with the right knowledge can our children make responsible decisions about addressing the overwhelming issues plaguing our planet.

Environmental education

  • instils respect for nature
  • moulds good stewards for the environment
  • teaches responsibility
  • creates awareness about environmental challenges
  • breaks the habit of staying indoors
  • promotes health

Theoretical knowledge alone doesn’t suffice; practical experience and knowledge is even more important…

  • get outdoors
  • engage with nature
  • visit farms and garden centres
  • go for a hike or walk
  • plan activities in the playground
  • have recycling bins in the classroom
  • discuss environmental problems and watch documentaries
  • even a few Captain Planet Episodes wouldn’t hurt 😀
  • we know that outdoor learning can even improve a child’s exam grades

Take a look at how these Forest Schools have taken environmental education to the next level, setting the bar high …

Moral education

Moral values such as …

  • integrity
  • tolerance
  • mutual respect
  • compassion
  • generosity
  • honesty
  • politeness
  • self-control

… to name a few are invaluable in our today’s disharmonious world, and will help our children to not make the same environmental mistakes that we have.

To Educate a Man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society
Theodore Roosevelt

In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy – and if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you
Warren Buffet

Take action

Make a conscious effort to spend focused time together with your children and have meaningful conversations about the world in which we live, our environment, and our responsibilities to our planet. Teach core, universal positive values, for a balanced world view. Acknowledge the things that the previous generations have got wrong, and encourage them to learn from our mistakes.

This article has been contributed by Divya Hari in Singapore
Follow Divya on Twitter at @IvyKriss