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Gifting Our Children with Energy Awareness

February 15, 2013 - 11:13am

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We can still teach our children to make environmentally friendly choices in a world of quickly advancing technology. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/boggy22

We can still teach our children to make environmentally friendly choices in a world of quickly advancing technology. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/boggy22

My little girl turns four this weekend. As she reaches new milestones and grows up (where did the time go?), she’s going to find herself in a world that, to me, is science fiction. She has electronics such as a tablet on which to play games, a portable DVD player in our car that shows her favorite programs, and toys that are vastly more sophisticated than the ones I had. (And where possible, they’re ENERGY STAR® rated!)

We’re teaching her about energy efficiency, too; she has to turn off the lights when she leaves a room and pull up her blankets at night instead of depending on us overheating the house. It’s a rocky road, trying to educate a very strong-minded girl, but it has to be done.

Because my girl, and millions like her, are going to be the ones who inherit this planet from us. If we do a good job, she’ll have many more birthdays and see ever more incredible things in her lifetime; she’ll pass along the legacy of making smart energy choices to her children, and they will to their kids. We’ll plant the seed of good behavior and tend it and watch it grow along with her.

That’s one birthday gift we want to keep on giving my daughter: that this Earth (and the people on it) needs her to make good choices and be a good steward, so she can pass it on to her kids. Sounds like a pretty good present to me.

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