Today I wrote a “Mommy Blog” post for the National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour initiative! Click below to read the full post:
At a dinner party recently, a group of parents were talking about our city’s fledgling recycling program, the upcoming inauguration of a new president and last year’s animated hit Wall-E.
Someone commented on the great environmental message of the film, and how wonderful it is that the “reduce-reuse-recycle” mantra is becoming second nature to our children. I countered that while recycling is certainly important — and long overdue in our city — it isn’t the whole answer. I worried, I told them, that our children were being raised to see nature as something to fear, something foreign, rather than something that they are a part of. My friend responded: “Yes, but we can’t change that. We live where we live.”
I was a bit caught off guard by this comment. And felt, for a moment, rather defeated. I’ve been trying so hard to get my kids out as much as possible, to make them feel a part of nature. Connected. Whole. And though we visit State Parks and take camping trips as often as we can, the fact of the matter is that we do live in an urban neighborhood. We can’t change that. I don’t want to change that. But I also don’t want my children to grow up thinking nature is something you drive to visit. . . .