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The Green Life: Teaching Kids to Protect Nature is Important, Say American Moms

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May 28, 2009

Teaching Kids to Protect Nature is Important, Say American Moms


Most moms think teaching their children to protect the environment is important, according to the results of a recent poll by the online motherhood network MomsLikeMe.com.

The poll – released last month  – surveyed 850 moms and found that 69 percent of them think it is “very important” to teach their children about protecting the environment. An additional 19 percent of moms felt it was “somewhat important,” and 6 percent thought it was “a little bit important.” Only 6 percent felt that it was not important – an encouragingly small number, though it would be nice to see it at zero.

The organization chose to conduct the poll after noting that environmental issues had become a “very important topic of conversation” on the website, according to "spokesmom" Lisa Tyler.

For the 94 percent of mothers who think the subject is at least "a little important," online resources abound:

 – Moms Like Me's national “Green Mom’s!” group lets moms discuss everything from the greenest diapers to the best ways to get kids outside.

 – The Green Mom Review helps mothers find safe, eco-friendly products for their youngsters.

 – Green Moms is another networking and discussion site. It includes a “GreenMometer” that allows you to choose what shade of green you want to be.

 – Nature Moms provides tips about everything from maintaining a natural home to gardening to homeschooling.

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--Jamie Hansen


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