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Ten Easy Ways For Kids To Go Green

Updated on December 14, 2011
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These days we hear the saying “Go Green” all the time, but what does it really mean? Simply put, “going green” means making a commitment to do what it takes to keep the Earth clean and beautiful today and in the future. It’s so simple that everyone – even kids – can do it.

There are three magic R’s to “going green”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Today we’re going to talk about the first R: Reduce.

That’s right. Reduce. To “reduce” means to cut down on the amount of resources we use such as water, energy, and even small things like paper which comes from trees. So how can we “reduce”? Here are ten easy things that kids, and grown-ups, can do every day:

  1. Take shorter showers. If you usually finish taking a bath in 15 minutes, try doing it in 10 minutes to cut down on the amount of water that you use. And make sure you turn off the shower while you’re soaping yourself! Did you know that there are places where water is now so scarce people don't even have water to drink?
  2. When washing your hands, turn off the faucet while you’re soaping. Leaving the faucet on while you’re scrubbing your hands wastes a lot of water!
  3. Use only one glass of water each time you brush your teeth. You’ll be amazed at how many glasses of water are wasted down the drain if you just let it flow freely while brushing.
  4. Use both sides of the paper before throwing it away. That way, you save a lot of trees from being cut down and made into more paper. Yes, kids, paper is made from the trunks of trees. So use it wisely and say "thank you, tree" every time you use one.
  5. Use just the right amount of tissue paper in the bathroom. Using up more than is necessary is just wasteful. And think of the trees!
  6. Make computer print outs only if you really need to. This not only saves on paper but on ink as well, so you’re reducing on two things at once!
  7. Use an electric fan instead of the air conditioner on days when it’s not so hot. Electric fans use a lot less electricity than air conditioners. That means power plants won't need to produce so much electricity and spew more black smoke into the atmosphere.
  8. Turn off the lights, TV and other appliances when you leave the room. Also, unplug all electrical devices before going to sleep at night. Appliances that are left plugged in still use up electricity even if they’re turned off.
  9. Open the refrigerator only when you really need to. The refrigerator has to work even harder and uses up more electricity if the coldness inside keeps escaping. And did you know that the refrigerator accounts for 25% of an average household’s electricity bill?
  10. Make an effort to generate as little garbage as possible. Every time you use something, ask yourself: “How much do I really need?” And then use just that amount.

By following these ten simple steps you not only help keep the Earth clean and beautiful, you also save up on your household bills! Let's all do our part to care for and protect our Mother Earth. Watch this video and be inspired:

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    • MM Del Rosario profile image

      MM Del Rosario 

      6 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Great Tips on how to reduce water and energy, i am sure this will be a very useful resource for students and teachers alike. Actually, i am guilty of opening the fridge even though i don't need anything.

    • Susan Ng profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ng Yu 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, Teacher Michelle. :) Yes, this year's Green Festival was fun. Next year it's going to be even better. :)

    • ripplemaker profile image

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thumbs up for this wonderful hub! We truly enjoyed our Green Festival and looking forward to our next year event with the kids! :)

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