Can kids be protectors?
"Kids can be protectors. They can start out small, and when they get older, they can do bigger and bigger stuff. We can pick up trash from our yards, and when we are older we can clean trash out of lakes and rivers."
Pollution, water conservation, energy consumption—these are all complicated issues. But protection is something small children can relate to, so when our Earth Day discussions started focusing on protecting the Earth, I was not surprised.
“We’re helping the world so it doesn’t die.” --Freida
How do we do that?
--with our hands!
--turn off water when you brush your teeth.
--don't chase animals.
--don't kill the grass.
--pick up garbage.
--turn the water off when you're not using it.
--put bird nests back if they blow down.
--put paper scraps in the recycle box.
--turn off the lights when we go outside.
--don't break leaves and branches on trees.
--give trees water.
--if a giant picks up a tree, then plant a new one.
In their world of monsters, superheroes, villains, and heroines, children quickly strap on their capes and become protectors of the world. My belief is that these young Earth protectors will indeed grow up to do bigger and bigger things They’ve got the world in their hands.