Child-rearing may be the ultimate eco-conundrum: If you have a child, you're adding to a population that's already burdening the planet. And as you raise that child, you may be too tired and burdened yourself to care whether all your choices are green. On the other hand, if you manage to bring up a thoughtful, conscientious kidlet whose eco-values mirror your own ... well, what a gift to Gaia.
Summer may be the best time to nurture those values -- or at least to have a little fun outside. From the activities you choose to the food you serve to the potions you slather on your wee ones' skin, there's no shortage of areas to make a difference.
So take a look at the tips and resources below for greening your family life this summer, and pick one to incorporate into your busy life today. And if you have another minute to spare, share your own ideas in our comments section.
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