Resources for Environmentally Conscious Kids
Widespread environmental changes occur almost every day that we all must learn to deal with. Having environmentally conscious kids helps create a better future for society and the environment. Learning about the environment and how to conserve different aspects of it at a young age is beneficial to the future generations. There are many resources for environmentally conscious kids that will keep that aware of the environment and active with recycling and conservation activities.
Our earth consists of organisms that include water, animals, plants and soil and is made of millions of individual ecosystems. Small ecosystems consist of items such as a small forest pond; larger ecosystems consist of items such as the Arctic tundra. In order for the organisms to get food and habitat, all organisms on earth rely on ecosystems in order to maintain a balance. In order to maintain a healthy environment, it is important to be educated on the environment itself.
An animal’s habitat is the environment that it lives in; it includes the living and non-living components. The non-living components of an animal’s environment include characteristics such as oxygen, temperature, humidity, wind, day length, elevation and soil composition. The living components of an animal’s environment include parasites, competitors, the same species, predators and plant matter. An animal is heterotrophic which means that it uses organic materials as a source of energy. When the environment prevents an animal from obtaining food or completing the normal activities, the animal’s metabolism decreases until better conditions come about.
Trees and shrubs are divided into two main categories which are deciduous and coniferous plants. Deciduous plants are trees and shrubs that usually drop their leaves in autumn of each year. Coniferous trees are also referred to as evergreens and instead of leaves, they usually have needles. Other types of plants include perennials, annuals, flowering plants and herbs.
Recycling on a regular basis creates a better environment in which we all live. Not only does it have a positive environment on the environment, it also has a positive impact on us as humans. Waste creates a negative effect with harmful chemicals and gasses that come from the waste in landfill sites. By recycling, this reduces the pollution that is caused by this waste. Almost anything can be recycled from plastic bottles and jars to glass bottles and jars, cardboard, paper, aluminum cans, metal cans, empty aerosol cans, magazine and catalogs.
The ocean can be preserved by lessening, or eliminating, the amount of pollution that is put into it every day. Other than littering and dumping various wastes into the ocean, other activities have an affect on the ocean such as fishing. Other ways to conserve water is to do minor things in your home such as turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth. Also, you can reduce the amount of times you run your washing machine and dishwasher by only washing when it is full; by doing this, you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water each year.