Small Steps To Take Climate Action with Kids

You’ve heard about the climate crisis and you’re curious about what you can do to help. But it all seems overwhelming, expensive, and time-consuming. We’re here to help.

We are a group of parents and caregivers taking climate action every day in our modern lives. Over time, we’ve made gradual and growing changes in our everyday lives to be better stewards of the planet and our communities. We share tips, ideas, and frameworks to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle with kids without feeling intimidated, deprived, or disconnected.

We’ve created a variety of resources and guides so you can choose where to start or how to continue your journey toward more sustainable living in a modern world. Below, we’ve sorted our collection of resources and tips to take climate action based on the environmental benefits they achieve. From energy to water to soil health and more, choose the climate action category that resonates with you the most and start there.

For each climate action category, we’re working to bring you a Cost – Time – Impact (CTI) chart that compares estimated costs, time commitments, and environmental impacts of various sustainable living habits. The exact cost, time, and impact will vary from person to person, but we hope the charts provide a guideline or starting point to help you decide which sustainable living habits you want to try first.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by all of the options. Pick one or two or three that feel the most accessible to you and just get started. Habit change takes time, and small shifts build momentum to develop an increasingly climate-friendly lifestyle. No one is perfect, so get started and join our community of parents and caregivers living imperfectly pro-planet with kids.

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    Consumption & Waste

    We lead with consumption and waste with much intention. Overconsumption is one of the primary (and arguably the most significant) drivers of the climate crisis. We collectively buy and toss so much stuff!

    The impacts of excessive consumption are far-reaching, expensive, and incredibly wasteful. Often, the easiest and most effective climate action step to take is reducing consumption. Consumption drives up many of the other climate change contributors as well (more stuff means more energy, more transportation, more soil degradation, etc…)

    If you want to start living more sustainably, save time, and save money, begin by buying less stuff and reusing the things you already have available to you.

    Energy

    Energy use is a significant contributor to climate change and a warming planet. Tackle tips to reduce overall energy usage and swap to cleaner alternatives where possible. More climate-conscious energy consumption is a great way to protect the planet and can also pad your bank account.

    Time of Use Rates for Energy and How They Can Lower Your Electricity Bill
    Energy | Everyday Essentials | Protect The Earth

    Time of Use Rates for Energy and How They Can Lower Your Electricity Bill

    Wondering how you can lower your utility bill while also choosing a more eco-friendly energy option? Consider if time-of-use rates and shifting when you use electricity are helpful and budget-friendly sustainable habits for your and your family. Not long after we purchased our electric vehicle, we switched our electricity bill rates from standard billing rates…

    Water

    Water is a precious resource becoming scarce due to climate change, pollution, and disruptions to natural water cycles. Especially if you live in an area prone to drought or with clean water shortages, learn about a variety of actions you can take to protect watersheds and clean water supplies.

    Pile of picture books all water conservation and our water cycle
    Books & Reading | Protect The Earth | Water

    26 Wonderful Picture Books To Encourage Children to Conserve Water

    How do you teach your children about the importance of caring for and conserving water? Why is it really that important? Those of us living in countries like the United States take for granted the abundance of generally clean water. However, it’s more important than we might realize to start conversations with our children about…

    Transportation

    Transportation drives climate change in many parts of the world (literally and scientifically). Opting for more eco-friendly modes of transportation and reducing our reliance on transportation powered by fossil fuels can materially shrink our carbon footprint. Climate-friendly transportation is often less expensive and better for our health too. Learn more about ways to choose eco-friendly transportation alternatives in your life.

    Food

    When it comes to our food, agriculture, and the subsequent food system that follows to our table and then the trash, carries an enormous environmental footprint. Agriculture provides vital resources and certain environmental impacts are inevitable and worthwhile. But there are many ways our agriculture systems are broken, and we can take individual actions to promote change and protect our planet. Check out eco-friendly tips related to food sourcing, recipes, food waste, and other topics related to agriculture that impact the planet.

    Best Ever New Year’s Brunch Casserole with Wildgrain Sourdough and Good Luck Salsa
    Food | Holidays | Our Food | Recipes

    Best Ever New Year’s Brunch Casserole with Wildgrain Sourdough and Good Luck Salsa

    Are you looking for the perfect New Year’s Day brunch casserole? Are creative, delicious ways to use your Wildgrain box? You’ll love this tasty make-ahead casserole with “good luck” salsa! This post contains affiliate links and is created in partnership with Wildgrain and Apogee Agency. #WildgrainNewYear #sponsored Get $10 off your first order with code…

    Soil Health

    Soil is the foundation of our planet and our lives. Healthy soil sustains massive amounts of biodiversity, supports clean water supplies, filters toxins from the land, promotes more effective and efficient food production, sequesters carbon, and so much more.

    Soil health overlaps with matters related to agriculture in many ways, but there are also many things we can do to preserve and rebuild healthy soil beyond farming. Read on for more about sustainable soil health and ways to protect the earth that is the basis of life in so many respects.

    Biodiversity

    While one or two species might seem small, each species plays an important role in a balanced and well-functioning ecosystem. We’re currently in a period of mass extinction which could have unimaginable tolls on humanity and the future of our planet as we know it. Read on for more about how to protect biodiversity in your community.

    How To Create A Certified Wildlife Habitat Yard or Garden
    Biodiversity | Garden | Protect The Earth

    How To Create A Certified Wildlife Habitat Yard or Garden

    Ready to support biodiversity and protect native habitats for your community? Make your yard or green space a certified wildlife habitat. Read on to learn more about how to create a certified wildlife habitat in your community. So this is the summer; the summer of native perennials filling up our garden beds. After a few…

    Textiles

    The clothes in our wardrobes, sheets on our beds, and towels in our linen closets reflect our consumption and waste habits. They also intertwine with our agriculture system through crops like cotton and wool, grown and managed to make many textile items. Synthetic materials, like polyester and spandex, connect to our energy resources in that they are made from byproducts of petroleum (oil).

    Items that have long been staples of basic needs and cultural identities have grown into a massive churn of resources through industries like fast fashion that tantalize our emotional and social triggers to amass unsustainable volumes of cheap waste. Like food, textiles touch our everyday lives with abandon and provide a relatively easy entry point to explore more sustainable living habits.

    Reusable Paper Towel Alternatives | Swedish Dishcloths vs. Reusable Cloth Rags
    Everyday Essentials | Kitchen | Reduce Waste | Textiles | Zero Waste

    Reusable Paper Towel Alternatives | Swedish Dishcloths vs. Reusable Cloth Rags

    There’s a lot to think about when it comes to selecting sustainable swaps for everyday items. If you’re looking for a sustainable paper towel replacement, my favorite options are reusable cloth towels and Swedish dishcloths. But which one is better? Read on for more information on these great reusable paper towel alternatives.  This post contains…

    It’s All Connected

    Many of the categories above overlap and intertwine. One of the impactful lessons of climate action is understanding how interconnected we all are with each other, all living things, and the entire planet. We hope that by categorizing climate actions, they feel a bit more achievable and accessible, and it makes finding the right starting point a bit easier.

    What About Climate Justice?

    We did not call out social justice or climate justice distinctly in the categories above. We believe that climate justice is a thread that runs through every climate action category. Some climate actions are good for everyone. Other climate actions inevitably have “winners” and “losers”.

    While not everything can be good for everyone, it’s important that “winners” and “losers” are not always the same groups of people, respectively. Also, climate actions should include elements of justice consideration. In many cases, it’s important to consider concessions for those who will “lose” as a result of a solution that is good for the planet and for humanity but has harmful side effects for a particular group of people, especially if that group is already marginalized.

    As we share new content and refresh past content, we seek to acknowledge climate justice as it pertains to various topics. We won’t be perfect, and we will continue to learn together. And we certainly won’t have all the answers to big, systematic challenges. If the solutions were that easy, they’d be implemented by now.

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