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To help make sure our kids have a planet to enjoy for their whole lives we need to make sure we encourage them to be green.

It might seem overwhelming to have to encourage positive sustainability practices to your kids at a young age, but it’s vital.

Here are our top five tips to help you teach your kids to be more sustainable.

  1. Value nature by experiencing nature

We are lucky enough to be surrounded by lush forests, secluded beaches, brilliant bushland and countryside. So why not take the kids out and about and show them the unique environments. Just minutes from Brisbane city, Mt Coot-tha offers bush walking, mountain bike riding, and an exciting hide and seek trail all suitable and fun for the kids.

  1. From the garden to the plate

Kids learn best when engaging all their senses. With gardening, kids can touch and feel the dirt, seeds and flowers, see the plant grow into food, whilst learning about sustainable living. Not to mention, researchers have found that children who learn to grow vegetables are more likely to eat healthily. It’s really a win-win situation!

  1. Learn about how food breaks down with composting

Does your kid’s school have a composting system? If not why not ask to start one or create one of your own. Composting is a great way of showing children the process of decomposition to reduce the amount of rubbish that we bin, and the risks of further polluting the air, land and water with this rubbish.

  1. Join Community Environmental events

Getting out and about and volunteer with your kids in the community is an excellent way of promoting sustainability, by showing the positive culture around making a difference for the environment.

  1. Encourage eco-friendly activities that promote sustainability

There are so many activities that promote sustainable play including growing grass heads or creating books and decorating with all things from nature, bark, twigs and leaves. There are many more sustainability activities on show at the City Smart Green Heart Fair.

The City Smart Green Heart Fair will be at 7th Brigade Park in Chermside on Sunday June 3 from 9am – 3pm.

The Fair welcomes over 100 of Brisbane’s leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts to share information and knowledge with Brisbane residents on how to live more sustainably.

Visit www.citysmart.com.au/greenheartfair

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