Mapping Out Your Errands

August 19, 2009 by  


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Mapping out your errands with your kids can turn into a fun activity to plan and execute. Make a game of running errands by mapping out the shortest route. Grab an old map of your city or use an online map service to draw your own. Involving your children will help deepen their respect for reducing the pollutant they put in the air to run their errands now and as they grow older. You can also point out that since you took the time to bunch all your errands together you have more time to do things you really enjoy.

To live green means to live a sustainable lifestyle that won’t deplete or pollute the earth’s natural resources–and to find ways to replenish or recycle these resources and materials. To be green means to preserve and to protect our environments and our planet. Even small things like mapping out your errands teaches your children this important concept.

Instead of piling into the car, design a bike or walking route that passes all the stops you need for your errands. Most likely it won’t be quicker but when you plan ahead and put aside a block of time it can become a really enjoyable time for you and your family.

Sure, it can be a fun family activity but do your children know why using a car unnecessarily is hurtful to our earth? Pollutants like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and halons destroy the earth’s protective ozone layer, which shields the earth from harmful ultraviolet (UV-B) rays generated from the sun.

The stratospheric ozone layer makes it possible for life to exist by shielding the earth from harmful ultraviolet (UV-B) rays generated from the sun. There is a substantial amount of scientific evidence that suggests man-made compounds such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and halons destroy ozone in the upper atmosphere (stratosphere). Decreased concentration of stratospheric ozone allows increased levels of UV-B rays to reach the earth’s surface. It also harms us as humans and the environment by increased incidence of skin cancer and cataracts; damage to terrestrial and aquatic plant life; damage to our immune system; premature aging of the skin; and increased formation of ground-level ozone (smog).

If your children understand a bit more of the WHY behind your reasoning they will be more excited to help you!


5 Responses to “Mapping Out Your Errands”

  1. mariza on November 9th, 2009 12:04 pm

    I´m so happy to find ideas to involve the children to help us to protect the world.
    Not only will these simple acts help the planet but also get the family together .
    I must admit that it is not an easy task.
    Thanks a lot.


  2. Evelin Turner on January 25th, 2010 11:02 am

    I do this with my 5 year old and she loves it! She doesn’t really like to run errands but when I let her draw the map and put in all the stops she gets all excited and ready to go.

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