As an organisation that’s dedicated to supporting children and young people, we understand the importance of celebrating their talents and qualities. 12 August is International Youth Day – a day where world leaders and communities are encouraged to raise awareness of matters that directly affect young people.
The United Nations (UN) announced this year’s theme to be Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World. They’ve explained that the transition to a greener and more sustainable future is dependent on the population’s development of green skills. The UN believe that young people will be influential in driving these skills as we move towards a greener future.
While young people are encouraged to engage in activities, attitudes and skills to improve environmental sustainability, it’s just as important for everyone to get involved. Here are some ways that you can practice environmental sustainability in your home and provide a good example for our young people:
Composting is a resourceful way to recycle your food scraps. It’s also beneficial for the environment as it helps to sustainably manage your waste and prevent it from going directly into landfill. The fertiliser that is created from compost is also great for plant growth and reduces toxins within the environment.
Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your kids this weekend... well how about creating a compost bin for your home? Here are some quick and easy steps.
By growing your own produce, you are positively contributing to the environment and your finances. It can reduce food waste and unnecessary packaging that is harmful to our environment. Another benefit is that you know exactly what you’re eating.
Plastic is everywhere these days, however, there are plenty of simple ways that you can reduce the use of single-use plastics in your daily life and help the environment. Use recyclable bags for your shopping, carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup with you when you leave the home, and buy produce in bulk.
When purchasing new appliances for your home, look for ones that have high energy efficiency ratings. If you have children and young people in your home, a great way to teach them to be more energy efficient is by encouraging them to turn off power and appliances when they aren’t in use.
Some other ways that you can promote green skills within your home is by purchasing recycled products, using natural cleaning products, being water-wise and reducing food waste.
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