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Raising Eco-Friendly Kids

Simple ideas to encourage "being green" in your home

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Here's a few simple ideas your family can start with:
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth.
  • Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • Change incandescent bulbs to LED light bulbs.
  • Use reusable food containers to pack lunch.
  • Use reusable bags at the grocery.
  • Turn off lights, computers and electronic devices when not in use (and play outside instead!)
  • Write an "Earth Day Pledge" with your children, promising to follow through on whatever actions you decide to take as a family.

    "It's not about what it is; it's about what it can become." - The Lorax

    How can you relay to small children the big picture of how their actions today can change the world around them? By choosing to model the positive behaviors that you would like to see them embrace.

    "I believe parents will know exactly what to say to their kids depending upon their family culture," says Poyser. "Whether it's 'We're saving the planet" to 'We're saving money" to 'We're protecting God's creation.'" Find the inspiration that speaks to your family and begin incorporating a few green practices in your home today.

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    You can celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) by contributing to reforestation efforts in Indiana. The Indiana Tree Project is a statewide initiative managed by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana Department of Resources Division Of Forestry. The goal is to plant one million new trees in Indiana by 2016. Each $10 donation receives a TreeID so donors know exactly where their tree is planted and can visit the site. Visit www.theindianatreeproject.org for more information.

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