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TEACH THE CHILDREN

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!



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. 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

environment!



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."

Linda Koh

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

teaching tool!



PARTICIPATE

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

environment.



THE THREE "R'S

Talk

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

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. 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

with.  



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.

Linda Koh

GO ORGANIC

Introduce

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

their environment.



True

Story...

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

their community.  

Linda Koh
Dr. Linda Mei Lin Koh is the Children’s

Ministries Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She holds an Ed.D degree in Educational

Psychology and Counseling from Andrews University. She has served the church as

an elementary school teacher, a college professor in Singapore and in

departmental work at the Southern Asia-Pacific Division. She has been actively involved in

community work with children as well as writing for church and local magazines.

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