As Parents we have a responsibility to lead the way in what it looks and feels like to
actively care for one another and for our environment. Lead by our actions not by our
As Severn Suzuki said in her address to the UN at the age of 12 while at school:
"Even in kindergarten you teach us how to behave in the world, you teach us not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share and not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things that you tell us not to do”.
Please watch her very powerful speech (Please note: This video will take you to YouTube)
Our children and our youth are our greatest hope
“Growing up and becoming a caring person is dependent on the kinds of experiences we have when we are young. Children are not born with the ability to care fully formed; they develop into caring individuals by how we work with them, how we model our behaviour, what we teach them, and what we do together,”
says Diane Levin, PHD. author of Remote Control Childhood.
Respect What Your School-Age Child Cares About:
- Help your children/youth take action on issues important to them.
- If she/he cares about helping animals, suggest she volunteer at an animal shelter, or make a donation to a wildlife organisation.
- If he/she is concerned about hunger, volunteer together to serve a meal in a soup kitchen.
- If she/he cares about the environment; help her organise a block-wide street clean up, and pickan organisation that does environmental action.