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Aside from being an artist and teacher, I am also an eco-conscious mom who loves promoting a meaningful and healthy lifestyle living keen, clean and green. (Talk about using women empowerment in affecting changes!)
It helps that I’m a San Franciscan – San Francisco is one of the leading states when it comes to green living and recycling efforts, and lives a block away from the ocean – being so close to nature gives me and my family a greater appreciation for this blue planet.
Embracing an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle as a Whole Family
Even at an early age, I have exposed my two kids in the importance of recycling, teaching them the value of giving respect and showing gratitude to our environment. And of course, the best way to do that is to live by example.
It’s important that we educate our children about the impact of our actions concerning trash management – to other people, to animals and practically to other living things. We have to learn to live and co-exist respectfully with each other; after all we are all inter-connected.
To successfully live or transition to a greener eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s important that you support and provide the platforms to make such choices possible. For instance, it’s not enough that you teach the family members the importance of segregating trash. You should make available of areas in or around the house, trash bins or perhaps baskets, where they can actually do the segregation. Oftentimes, especially with children, they readily accept the idea of recycling – you just have to follow through. You’ll be surprised at how they can easily get the hang of segregating trash and recyclables.
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It’s ideal that we can embrace the habit of reusing or repurposing items and introducing it back into our everyday life. And it’ll be great if we can get into composting as well. But of course we can’t keep all of our trash even with our recycling efforts; some will have to end up in landfills. But know that, managing the trash that our family produces will significantly save landfill spaces. It’s important that you know where to bring your recyclables or the schedule of curb side pick-up in your community. You can also donate to schools or other organization, items or scraps that can be used in arts and crafts projects.
Empowering the Younger Generation
Educating the children, raising awareness among them, and instilling values about respect and gratitude will surely empower our youths.
We can expect a better, happier and brighter future for them if we can teach them to live keen, clean and green!
Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer! She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green! She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie.
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