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Fun activities that can help to make your children more eco-friendly over the holidays
As the summer holidays approach, it’s great to have a number of arrows in your activities quiver for when you kids get bored. Combine education with fun and make your kids more environmentally aware.

People power
Encourage your kids to help you reduce your family’s carbon footprint. Use a carbon calculator to determine your current carbon footprint. Get the kids to outline a plan for reducing this carbon footprint. They can get everyone in the family to use their own volition to get places rather than relying on the car. This means that your family should walk or bike to destinations in your neighborhood. They can help you to switch your light bulbs, install water-saving shower heads and use electronic equipment less. They can work out how much they reduce their carbon footprint and get some exercise too! You can set carbon goals with rewards to make it more interesting.

Urban farming
Growing your own food is enormously rewarding and a really great opportunity to educate your kids about the natural world. Dedicate a portion of your garden or use containers to grow vegetables and herbs. Not only will you save money, but you will have a carbon neutral source of locally grown organic food all summer long. Making an urban farm can be as simple or as complicated as you like. You can just grow a couple of herbs in a pot, make a vegetable garden, build a green house or explore hydroponics.

Internet research
There are tons of green documentaries and websites which are designed for the younger viewer. Make sure the content is age appropriate, but get your child involved with issues that they care about. They can sign petitions, help spread the word or raise funds for causes that preserve our planet. Teens with a social conscience who get involved with causes that they care about get to network with other like-minded individuals, are more well-rounded and care about the world and community that they live in.

Eco-travel
Many of the most beautiful natural places are being lost to progress and climate change. You can take your kids to see endangered animals or habitats before it’s too late. You can also take adventures that increase your knowledge of the natural world or give you an opportunity to volunteer. Volunteer holidays enable your kids to see other parts of the world and help to preserve them.

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