TEACH THE CHILDREN
are our future, and what an awesome responsibility it will be for them to steer
the earth into the next century. It is, therefore, vital to teach children early
in life that God is our Creator, Redeemer, Owner and Provider, and that He has
entrusted His world to our care.
We are His stewards!
children to care for the world begins with caring for their environment—that
means being good stewards of the home, the school, the community, the country,
and the universe at large. These
educational ideas may require some real changes in lifestyle and habits, but
teaching our children how to be better stewards of God’s earth will benefit
both them and the world. We need to empower our children to care for the
Teaching children to care for the world begins with caring for their environment—that means being good stewards of the home, the school, the community, the country, and the universe at large."
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Dwight Moody once said, “Where one reads the Bible, one hundred
read you and me.” Children will
emulate you when you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, take shorter
showers, and turn off the lights when you leave a room, or recycle your
newspapers. Modeling is a powerful
Get children involved in hands-on projects. Organize cleanup days for children to
clean their classrooms, their desks and the school building. Teach good habits such as respecting
school property, not littering and not vandalizing the walls of any school
building with graffiti. Children in each classroom can help plant beautiful
flowers and trees as well as vegetables. Moreover, provide opportunities for
them to adopt projects in the local community to care for and improve the
THE THREE "R'S
about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Teach children that the plastic that is thrown away will be sitting
around, littering the earth, for hundreds of years to come. So the less we produce and throw away
plastic, the cleaner the earth will be!
Once children become excited about this, they might enjoy preparing
recycling boxes for depositing newspapers, tin cans and glass bottles in. To
get this started, children could reach out through fun skits at school or
church that highlight the value of recycling.
CARE FOR GOD'S CREATURES
God gave Adam and Eve responsibility for the birds and animals as well as the
plants in the Garden of Eden and how every one of us has inherited this
responsibility. It’s important
that children do what they can to protect and enjoy God’s creation. Get involved in projects to protect
endangered species. Children could simply be taken out into the neighborhoods
and shown the need to care for birds and animals. Discussions could be encouraged
in which the importance of not hurting animals is stressed and not shooting
them with slingshots just for fun. Make a simple bird feeder and hang it up in
the garden and let the children watch the birds enjoy the treats they fill them
Explain how God gave Adam and Eve responsibility for the birds and animals as well as the plants in the Garden of Eden and how every one of us has inherited this responsibility.
children to the benefits of organic foods. Head to the closest organic fruit
farm with your children and pick strawberries, mangoes, blueberries or any
delicious fruit available. Discuss
the benefits of organically grown food.
MAKE IT FUN
Visit the local library. Expose children to environmentally friendly
organizations, books, websites and groups. These can help to get children interested in caring for
Michael’s fifth-grade class adopted a road near their
school. They wear gloves to
protect their hands, and pick up trash and broken glass along the road. They
also plant beautiful flowers in the median and along the sidewalks. Keeping
this adopted road looking clean and neat is their way of being good stewards of