Blog > The kids know best...we must act now!
The more I learn about the terrible damage man is inflicting on the earth and its biodiversity, it makes me really sad to think that our young children will inherit this mess (and worse!) when we're long gone. That's why we need to do as much as we can now to protect our fragile planet. We cannot wait for governments to clear up the mess, we have to take actions at a local level, whilst putting massive pressure on governments to invest heavily in environmental protection and renewable energy.
Thankfully, our children have certainly understood how critical the situation is; as a parent and primary school teacher I see lots of passionate children getting involved in school projects to protect the environment; my eight year old daughter has recently become a council member of her school's Eco Committee (known as an eco warrier!) and she takes the role extremely seriously. Last week she came home and demanded that we hand over all our old batteries - the school has purchased a batteries bin and the children have learned about the damage that old batteries can do if they're thrown into landfill.
She and her class mates have been learning how important it is that we recycle properly. She's drawn this picture of Lilly Ladybird Bin because she wanted me to remind everyone reading this blog that putting their rubbish into a recycling bin is important!
Hopefully by the time she becomes an adult, it won't just be the same 10% of people in society who make radical changes in their lives, but rather everyone will be doing their bit. Unless everyone wakes up NOW to the huge challenge ahead, we won't hit the CO2 emissions target set by the government and we'll go beyond the point of no return. How will we explain to future generations that we allowed mass extinction, high levels of pollution and the disappearance of much of our coastlines and rain forests?
by Emma Roper | 2 February 2020