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The importance of educating youth about environmental issues

Many advancements have been made as we strive to protect the environment. From electric vehicles and carbon capture technology to biomaterials and a return to regeneration. It’s truly amazing what has been accomplished for the sake of our planet. 

As much as has been done, the reality is that the climate is still changing at a rapid pace. A pace at which is proving dangerous to many people around the world. Every day we see and hear about the worsening effects of the climate crisis. All future generations will be living and dealing with these challenges on our planet unless large swift actions are taken. 

The sooner people learn about what is happening, the sooner they can take action to protect it. 

Environmental challenges and natural disasters like deforestation, drought, floods, pollution, and water scarcity are making it clear that it is more important than ever that everyone gets involved in some way. Once people are aware of what is happening they can then become active in conservation efforts, spreading environmental awareness and learning more through environmental education. 

We must foster a culture that is compassionate towards people and the planet so that we may find the necessary solutions to mitigate the foreseeable issues we are undoubtedly facing. Today’s youth are the passionate and creative leaders our planet needs. 

When children are taught new information or activities, they are naturally inquisitive and eager to learn more – constantly asking “why” or “how”. In the first few years of our lives, we absorb new information much easier than when we get older, much like sponges – absorbing every bit of information given. This is why it’s important to start teaching children from a young age about the rapidly changing environment and the climate. They will one day be making the necessary decisions as leaders in their communities.

The power of environmental education

Children learning about the environmental benefits of more than just the planet. And one of the best ways for children to learn about the environment is interactive hands-on learning. 

Learning and practising environmentally responsible behaviours like planting trees, separating recycling, turning off light switches, and closing water taps builds sustainable positive habits children will practice throughout their lives. Through these actions, they can inspire and educate others along the way. And as they learn about the climate, children pick up skills that can help them learn more effectively and benefit them their entire lives. 

Interactive environmental education activates children’s imaginations, sparking creativity. As they become more engaged in learning, they tend to perform better in all of their subjects. It also connects students to the real world promoting tolerance, understanding, and critical thinking – necessary skills for a changing world. 

Learning more about the living world and their place in it naturally takes children outdoors, which in itself promotes a healthy lifestyle. Spending time in nature is shown to improve physical and mental health. It also helps children to develop an appreciation and respect for nature making it more likely they will desire to protect it and promote protection to others. Children are also able to witness firsthand the effects humans have on the environment and can then determine how they can reduce negative impacts and share these observations. 

Through education, children feel empowered to spread awareness and take action. Through education, children feel confident that they can make a difference. 

How can you help the future leaders of our planet? 

SwimTayka works with organisations around the world educating children about the environment, water stewardship and the actions they can take in their own communities. Through fun and interactive environmental educational programs, children are engaged in ways that are not comparable to typical classroom learning. 

By supporting SwimTayka’s global partnership programs to teach children in developing countries around the world about the environment and water stewardship, donors can feel confident they are supporting the development of our future leaders and the protection of our planet.