Anybody who has children wants to raise responsible citizens. When it comes to environmental activism or responsibility I wonder how much is enough. For example, I have a four year old at home. We try to instill the little things like sorting the plastic and paper and the importance of not littering when we see garbage in our neighborhood. However, recently I had a real eye opening experience.
While watching Animal Planet or Discover the WWF had a commercial on soliciting donations. During that ad they talked about how polar bears are in danger due to global warming. Over a week later a friend was showing us the Discovery Planet Earth series on Blu-Ray. (It was a phenomenal video by the way.) There was a segment showing the polar bears in the wild. My son turned to me and whispered "we're killing the polar bears". I was shocked but I knew where he got the idea from and quickly replied that pollution was causing changes in the earth and the polar bears were having a hard time with it.
Needless to say it made me wonder about how we can pass on environmental issues to children. They are smarter than we think and they should have some input in how we solve the problem. After all, the world is theirs and they will be the ones cleaning up our mess.