This past Saturday, we took Lily to the Zoo. Being 4 months old, she wasn't directly interested in the animals, but was very interested in the new surroundings. There were so many new things to look at: colors, shapes, shadows and light. It really reinforced my idea that babies should be exposed to learning about their environment as early as possible.
I want Lily to get to know the world around her and be comfortable with it. Specifically, I want to instill in her a love of nature, and a respect for plants and animals. I want to raise a good steward of the Earth.
There are many people in our generation who are pushing the environmentalist envelope, but there is still so much work to be done. I hope that Lily's generation will be the one that truly wraps their arms around the planet and makes a positive impact on our natural resources and works to preserve, once and for all, the beauty our planet has to offer. No more deforestation of the rainforest, establishing eternal protections for our national parks and monuments such as the Grand Canyon, better protections for endangered species, ending our dependence on oil worldwide... There are so many ways that we can help our planet simply by ceasing to harm it. Earth will heal itself with time.
I'm not an environmental expert by any means. These are just my thoughts and opinions.