I am grateful that I spent much of my childhood playing in the countryside but I know not all children get the opportunity to do that. Some very good points made in this post, let’s hope more parents can encourage sustainable childhoods too!
In writing the title of this post, it struck me that ‘sustainable childhood’ sounds like Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. I’m not talking about creating a childhood that can be magically sustained forever of course, but about encouraging children to develop an awareness of the earth and how to live well on it.
It’s a subject that’s on my mind. My wife and I became parents last year, and like any parent, we want our children to share our values. That includes an appreciation for nature, and our role as stewards of the planet we have inherited. That’s easy enough when children are tiny, but it gets harder as they grow and spend more time away from home, as they become targets for advertising.
The thing that strikes me most is that the lifestyle that we grow up becomes our baseline for what is normal. I had…
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