I recently had a major proud parent moment.
As a child, I absolutely loved watching Blue Peter. I will never forget the best make of all by Anthea Turner, Thunderbirds’ Tracey Island. I must admit, I wasn’t a fan of Thunderbirds but even I found it awesome watching this creation unfold on TV. We talked about it in school, watched other people fall over themselves trying to get hold of the instructions. It was HUGE!
As a parent, watching my 6-year-old daughter watch Blue Peter is a real joy and reminds me of my childhood.
She mentioned a while back about wanting to do something to get a Green Blue Peter badge so I looked online to see what she would need to do for a Green Blue Peter badge.
As an environmentalist, I make an effort to adapt my habits with the environment in mind and it turns out she’s been watching me and picked up a few habits.
She asked again if she could apply for one so I looked online to see the requirements.
Named Climate Heroes, there were three pledges she needed to do for at least a month; Power, Plastic and Plants.
Power – this one was to encourage children to save power; my daughter would always turn her nightlight off at the wall in the morning.
Plastic – reducing one piece of plastic from your lunch box. She has school dinners and takes a piece of fruit for a snack everyday.
Plant – planting something in the garden. As we are moving, I purposely haven’t planted anything this year as it could get damaged during the move so we sent in pictures of us litter picking (she asks to go litter picking!)
I filled in the online application, attached pictures and waited.
It was about four weeks later and this turned up in the post.
I can’t tell you who was more excited; me or my daughter. A major proud parent moment that I told anyone who would listen!
I think deep down inside, I had always wanted a Blue Peter badge but I was never encouraged to apply for one and watching her earn one for herself, I felt like she had achieved a dream of mine, as well as her own.
I strongly believe the key to slowing down climate change is education and one of the best places to start is with children. After all, they are inheriting the planet from us.
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