Teaching our kids to care

Team Egg | 14/10/2023

How to have the (energy) talk with them

At a Glance

Why we should be having the energy & sustainability conversation with our kids

How to talk to them about renewable energy

Picture this: You've just settled down with your child for a heart-to-heart talk. They're expecting "the talk" – you know, the one about the birds and the bees. But this time, you're flipping the script. Instead, you're going to dive into a conversation about something equally important but far more electrifying – renewable energy and sustainability. 

Welcome to "The Energy Talk."

Why we should be having the energy & sustainability conversation with our kids

In a world increasingly powered by the sun, wind, and waves, teaching our kids about renewable energy and sustainability is much like handing them a superpower. But why should we bother? Well, the reasons are as clear as a sunny day.

Their future

Firstly, it's about their future. We're shaping the world they'll inherit, and a greener, cleaner future is a gift we can give them. By discussing energy and sustainability, we empower them to be eco-conscious leaders. Imagine them as the champions of a world with less pollution and a stable climate.

The now

Secondly, it's about the now. Kids are like sponges, soaking up knowledge faster than we can keep up. When they understand the importance of energy conservation and renewable sources early on, they can make positive choices in their daily lives. They'll be the ones reminding you to turn off the lights or suggesting a more sustainable alternative! 

Our kids are inundated with new information every day. Sometimes, that information can be scary. Sure, it’s our responsibility as parents to protect their sponge-like minds, but we also need to educate them on what really matters. Yes - the future is scary, but instead of painting it as all doom and gloom - we are in the position to empower them with the knowledge that they need to grow into adults who care enough to make a difference! It all comes down to age-appropriate approaches. 

How to talk to them about renewable energy

Start simple! 

Begin with the basics. Explain what energy is, where it comes from (like the sun and wind), and why it's essential to use it wisely. Use relatable examples, like how leaving the lights on wastes energy and money.

Storytime

Share stories about people making a difference through renewable energy projects or initiatives. Inspiring stories can ignite their interest. Talk about communities that have switched to clean energy and the positive impact it has had. Or even talk about your efforts to contribute to clean energy! You become the superhero, and they learn something new. It’s a win-win. 

Hands-on learning

Kids learn best through hands-on experiences. Make science experiments and DIY projects a fun part of your discussions. (Cue Bill Nye the Science Guy intro). Build a solar oven together or make a wind turbine model. These activities not only teach them but also make learning an adventure.

Be the role model

Easy enough, right? Kids often mimic what they see at home. Set an example by conserving energy, recycling, and reducing waste. Show them that sustainability isn't just talk; it's action.

“Yeah all fine and well, but what if they’re not interested?” Good question! Here are a few simple ways that you can get your kids involved, and interested in the topic. 

Explore the outdoors

Spend time outdoors, connecting with nature. This can naturally lead to discussions about the environment and conservation. Take hikes, go camping, or simply have a picnic in the park. Encourage them to observe the beauty of nature and talk about how we can protect it.

Movie night

Choose family-friendly documentaries or animated films with eco-friendly themes to watch together. These can spark meaningful conversations. After watching, discuss what they learned and how it applies to your daily lives. (The Lorax and The Bee Movie are great examples!)

Field trips

Visit local solar farms, wind turbines, or recycling centres. Seeing these in action can be eye-opening and memorable. They get to witness real-world applications of renewable energy and sustainability efforts.

As parents, it's our responsibility to equip our children with the knowledge and values they need to be responsible global citizens. By having "the energy talk" early and often, we're not only preparing them for a sustainable future but also encouraging them to be stewards of the planet.

So, when your child comes to you expecting "the talk," surprise them with the supercharged version – the one that's all about saving the world, one renewable energy conversation at a time. After all, teaching our kids to care about the environment is a legacy that truly shines.

As you dive into this journey with your children, you'll find that it's not just about imparting knowledge; it's about nurturing a deep connection to the world around them. It's about instilling values that will guide them toward making choices that benefit both them and the planet. It's about empowering them to be the change-makers of tomorrow's sustainable world.

And at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. 

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