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Most of us are trying to do our part, no matter how big or small, to help the environment and make our lives a little more “green”. Any little bit helps and when it comes to kids, they like to do their little (or big) part to help. They want to do what we’re doing, so…why not let them make a difference?
Well, Disney is counting on just that. With their recent launch of Friends for Change: Project Green, they are asking kids to come and take a pledge to start doing small actions that can make a big difference. Pledges like turning off the lights when they leave the room, turning off the water while they are brushing their teeth, using rechargeable batteries, donating or recycling instead of throwing things away, etc. And if parents are smart, they will encourage their children to take the challenge so they can learn more about conservation, how to save energy, etc. Trust me, it will teach good habits AND save you money!
For example, my three year old daughter turns off the lights when she leaves a room (and reminds us if we don’t), she likes to fill up the tub half-way and turn off the water so she can take a bath and not keep the water running, she knows that cans get recycled not just thrown away, etc. My one and a half year old is even learning to keep areas clean by picking up trash, etc.
So if you are looking for ways to help the environment and save money, in addition to the things you are probably already doing like buying local and/or organic, using an effective fuel additive, cutting down basic household expenses, recycling, etc – get your kids to take the Friends for Change pledge.
As a bonus, when the kids complete the projects they’ve pledged to do they get to help decide how Disney will distribute a quarter of a million dollars to environmental causes every three months for the next year – one million dollars total. Remember, it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, everyone can do something to help live a little “greener”.