I saw this website recently, and I had to blog about it. In many ways, I think that environmentalism is the easiest political movement in which to engage kids. After all, kids generally love animals, and it’s an easy road to talk to them about how humans’ ability to affect the environment can make life harder for animals.
In our house, we are more vegetarian than not. Perhaps one or two nights a week, we’ll eat some kind of meat–but only fish or fowl, not mammals. If I’m out of town, landisdad may indulge in a beef or pig moment–I think this week, he’s brought real (not turkey) bacon into the house.
We’ve brought our kids to anti-war demos and other rallies, of course, but in some ways, I think the thing we’ve done that will stick more effectively, and make them less demanding of the planet’s resources throughout their lives, has been to raise them in a (largely) meat-free household. I suspect that someday, one of our kids will come to us and tell us they want to be a vegan, or an ovo-lacto vegetarian, or some new kind of diet that doesn’t even exist now. I’m dreading that moment a little bit. But I’ll enjoy it, at the same time.