Why is Water Conservation Education Important for the Next Generation?
It’s easy to tell the next generation that saving water is important. But, as kids tend to do, they’ll probably follow up your statement with a simple question: Why? Being prepared enough to answer that question can make all the difference. We know water conservation is important, but until we give our children the statistics, figures, and scenarios that could happen without it, they may not take it as seriously as they should.
Educating the next generation on water conservation is imperative. It all starts with making sure children know where they stand in a world of water. Making sure each individual knows they can make a difference is the best thing we can do. If you’re struggling with how to make an impact with your children through this conversation, or you yourself need a reminder about the importance of conservation, let’s cover a few strong talking points you can bring up.
Water is Life
This is as simple and straightforward as it gets. Our bodies need water in order to survive. It’s what makes up most of our systems. When kids recognize the fact that clean, fresh water is our biggest life source, it can be an eye-opening experience. In fact, it can be an eye-opener to adults, as well. Of course, we already know we need water to survive. But, sometimes being told this fact in such a blunt and straightforward manner can get us back on track, and allow us to recognize some mistakes we’re making.
If the next generations don’t take water conservation seriously, many different eco-systems could fail. Endangered species could become completely extinct. Taking the time to explain how ecosystems work to your children can make a big impact. Showing them sites that have been designated dumping grounds in the ocean can add an impactful visual effect. The easier it is for children to see how wasting water causes damage, the easier it is for them to want to make a change.
Reduce Energy Waste
In the state of California, research has shown that over 6% of all energy used goes to moving water. When water is pumped into our homes, businesses, etc., it uses a lot of energy. Unfortunately, that energy is often wasted when the water is wasted. The simple math? The less water we use, the less energy we use. It helps to solve two problems all at once. California may seem like an extreme example because of its size and the population, but the rest of the country is on a similar path.
Conserving for the Future
It’s not always easy to make sure kids are aware of the future, and how they can directly have an impact on what the world will look like. Don’t be afraid to use visual aids, facts and figures, and be fairly direct when it comes to what they can do and what they shouldn’t do.
Unfortunately, it can take that directness in order for the next generation to fully see how they will affect our water supply. The good news? They have the power to make a positive difference, but only if we take the time now to make sure they are educated on the impact of their choices.