Protecting Living Things & the Environment: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

The environment is like your home, so isn't it your job to take care of it? Of course it is! Come and learn why it's important to protect living things and the environment, as well as some dos and don'ts.

Why Is It Important to Protect Living Things & the Environment?

Think about the different people and things in your life that you help protect. There might be times when you're called upon to protect your family or friends. Sometimes, you need to protect items that are special to you, like your favorite toy. If something bad were to happen to any of these things, you'd step up and protect them. Why? Because they're important to you! The environment and the living things within the environment are also worthy of protection because they play important roles in your life and your world!

How cool is it that we live in a world with so many amazing creatures? There are so many amazing birds, mammals, reptiles, fish - you name it! This is called biodiversity, and our world is a better place because of it. Now, how sad would it be if those species weren't here anymore? That's what would happen if we don't take action to protect endangered species. Animals are becoming extinct due to illegal hunting, habitat destruction, pollution and climate changes.

Outside of living things, our environment is in need of protection, as well. Pollution is serious and it's affecting everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink. Air, water and land pollution have very harmful effects on the environment, and by extension, on you too! If the environment is not treated properly, it ultimately has an effect on your life. Remember, this is your home, too!

Imagine if all beaches looked like this.

What to Do

Here are a few tips on how you can help protect living things and the environment:

  • Recycling has a huge impact on the environment. This means that you take trash that's made of paper, plastic, glass or metal and put it in a recycling bin so it can be reused. It might not seem like a lot, but Americans create 300,000 tons of waste with just plastic shopping bags alone.
  • Plant a tree! Not only can this provide a habitat for some animals, but trees also provide oxygen and help reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Reduce the amount of air pollution from cars by carpooling, riding your bike or walking.
  • Spread awareness about endangered species by getting involved with an organization, like the World Wildlife Foundation. The more people that know about these issues the better!
  • Save paper and plastic by bringing your own canvas bags to the grocery store.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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