Friday, April 25, 2014

You Gotta Start Somewhere.

A couple of years ago, Beege started the "Cleaning Up The Earth Crew" at school. It consists of her, and all the friends she can talk into it. They get rubber gloves from the lunch supervisors, and they spend their lunch hour walking around the school yard, picking up all the garbage that's blowing around.

She decided very early on that it was her responsibility to keep the Earth clean. Even before she started school, we'd always take a couple of bags with us when we went on a walk or to the park so that we could pick up any garbage or recycling we saw along our way, and put it where it belonged.

She has always understood that it's up to us (all of us) to do our part to keep the planet healthy so that we have somewhere to live. She knows, essentially, about turning off lights, and using less water. She mostly knows why she should use a re-usable container and water bottle. It's hard to imagine though, the global and long term effects of some of our choices.

Beege is very interested in learning more about the environment and how we can help; that's where Netflix comes in.

I like to binge watch my favourite shows as much as the next person, but it's great to know that you can also find excellent documentaries to watch. The first one Beege wants to check out together is Addicted to Plastic, a documentary focusing on the worldwide production and environmental effects of plastic. The host takes a 2-year trip around the world to give us a better understanding of the life cycle of plastic.

There are a host of documentaries to choose from, whether you're interested in learning about where the bees have gone or where we get our food. Some of them are a little heavy though, so if you're going to be watching with kids, I'd recommend watching yourself first so you're ready for any questions that might arise.

(And if you decide that serious documentaries aren't the way to start out, they also have any number of educational childrens' shows to start out with.)

...Speaking of Netflix, have you entered the draw yet?


  1. I think that's so great that your daughter started something like that! Way to go!

    1. She's also started a club with her friends to raise money for girls' education, a book club and a "detective agency". She's kind of awesome. :)