Teens are very proactive in environmental issues. Chances are they have learned quite a bit about these issues in science classes. Encourage teens to be good role models for younger siblings, and to contribute at home, at school and in the community to issues they are passionate in solving.
The 3 R's At Home
- Learn about what can be recycled at home by visiting Recycle Spot for city-specific information.
- Remind kids to limit their time in the shower.
- Just because they can drive, doesn't mean the HAVE to drive - encourage your teen to walk or bike when possible to save on gas (and save money)!
- Try not to throw your clothes in the laundry if you've only worn them for a few hours - you'll use less water and your clothes will stay 'new' longer.
- Be a good example for younger kids at home - turn off the lights/tv/video games and encourage your siblings to do the same.
- Don't be a 'vampire' - open the windows and let in the natural light.
'Going Green' At School
- Bring a refillable water bottle to sports practices/games.
- Talk to your friends and see if you can carpool to school.
- Get involved with your school's recycling efforts - ask your teacher or principal how you can help.
- Try not to use plastic utensils in the lunchroom - ask for metal ones if you need them.
- If you buy food at school, take only what you know you'll eat.
In the Community
- Now that teens are driving, teach them how to conserve gas - turn off the car when waiting on friends or siblings - don't idle.
- Get involved earth-friendly volunteer projects, such as stream clean-ups or recycling electronic items.
- If your teen does drive, ask them to help take items that can't be recycled at home to the local recycling center.
"Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life" by Linda Sivertson & Tosh Sivertson. Talks about the big issues currently facing our planets, along with highlights of interviews with teens and a number of tips for 'going green'.