Growing Sustainable Together: Practical Resources for Raising Kind, Engaged, Resilient Children

Growing Sustainable Together: Practical Resources for Raising Kind, Engaged, Resilient Children

by Shannon Brescher Shea


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Tips, tools, advice, and activities for raising eco-friendly kids while nurturing compassion, resilience, and community engagement.

Drawing from cutting-edge social-science research, parent interviews, and experiential wisdom, science writer and parenting blogger Shannon Brescher Shea shows how green living and great parenting go hand in hand to teach kids kindness, compassion, resilience, and grit—all while giving them the lifelong tools they need to be successful, engaged, and independent.

Growing Sustainable Together is packed with easy tips, expert parenting advice, and practical hands-on activities for the toddler years up through the early teens. The enriching activities, resource guides, and recommended book lists in each chapter distill core sustainablility knowledge, like:
Understanding energy efficiency and renewables
Instilling anti-waste and anti-consumerist values
Learning where our food comes from
Developing a lifelong love for environmental activism, volunteering, and community engagement

The book concludes with a practical appendix that gives talking points for engaging teachers, school systems, and fellow parents in eco-friendly activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174712
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/16/2020
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 791,416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

SHANNON BRESCHER SHEA is devoted to telling authentic stories about green living and parenting. She writes the parenting blog We'll Eat You Up, We Love You So and is a long-standing environmental activist. After receiving a master's degree from Oxford University in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, she's worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Department of Energy. Shea is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and she likes to walk the talk: She's biked from New York City to Washington D.C. to raise money for climate change advocacy, protested the Keystone XL pipeline when she was pregnant, and led family community bike rides. Shea has bylines in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Sierra Magazine, Scary Mommy, and Romper.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Cultivating Kindness 9

2 Connecting with Our Food 19

3 What Do You Do Without a Minivan? Walking, Biking, and Public Transit 51

4 Not Your Mother's Household: Energy Efficiency, Waste Reduction, and Renewable Energy 77

5 Breaking Free of "Stuff": Rejecting Materialism 107

6 Getting Dirty While Doing Good: Environmental Volunteerism 135

7 Listen to the Children: Engaging in Environmental Activism 163

8 Envisioning a Sustainable Future 191

Appendix, Organizing Environmental Activities at Your Child's School 211

Bibliography 219

Acknowledgments 237

Index 239

About the Author 249

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