Shouldn’t we be Raising Tree-Huggers?

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Our children are inheriting a planet that is warming. Educating our children about climate change can be daunting, as it can be an overwhelming topic. I do not want to frighten my boys, nor leave them with a sense of hopelessness. It requires careful consideration, but I believe the earlier they know about our planet’s plight, the earlier they will understand and act on the issue of global warming.

My boys and I are outside. Our excursions almost always involve outdoor activities. We love the county parks, and visit them at least weekly. Charleston County Parks provide wonderful playgrounds and scenic trails that families can enjoy together. And while walking through wooded trails, don’t forget to ask, “Who lives in the forest?”

Observing wildlife is an important factor in learning about nature. The South Carolina Aquarium provides multitudes of natural settings with beautiful marine life. As a coastal community, we need to show our children who else is living here with us.

Francis Marion National Forest is home to many endangered species. The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw is wonderful. They provide hands-on educational programs, and the freedom to walk their trails and observe wildlife, including Red Wolves.

There are many resources for our children about ecology and global warming. There are many interactive sites on the Internet. Cooper and I have browsed EPA’s Climate Change site for children, then headed outside!

I am firm in my desire for my children to have a bond with nature. I have always had a profound respect for nature, and I want to share this with them. Playing in natural environments ensures that they will have an ample understanding and appreciation for the outdoors.

1 Response to “Shouldn’t we be Raising Tree-Huggers?”


    Maybe, it’s the feel, the smell, the images you get in your mind. Reading a great best seller is like a fascinating new friend. The time passes quick, but the memories will last forever!

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