Wow, I have been thinking about this for the past few months and Nature Mom writes some great ideas on getting your kids to care about the environment and community. If you have some time definately go read her ideas and thoughts because they are great. I truely love the idea of the green or community birthday themed parties.
This weekend at our church the theme was ‘covenant community’ and what those words meant to the church. It’s a very important term even if it’s not connected to religion. Community is really what it’s all about. Teaching the children to care about their community and people in their community. And…that the community of Earth is much larger than your own backyard or neighborhood…but the entire planet. I think one way we are going to work on this concept with our little man is through an adoption program that we just signed up for through the church. We adopted a little boy about our sons age in Ghana who has virtually nothing. Through the program we can communicate with this child and help show our son that some people don’t have loads of Lego’s lying around the house. That some people barely have a house and food. That for most of the population of the Earth we are considered the rich; the one’s who have everything; but also the one’s who are destroying the Earth which we live on.
I could really go on about this all day but I really have to get back to my work. Trying to encourage adults to take care of the environment…getting adults to care!