How to instill in children (city dwellers) a love for farm animals

  • Reading stories, escaping the asphalt and presenting environmental information without falling into disaster are keys to promoting green education

“Children know more mobile brands than tree names.” With this harsh phrase, Galician teacher Miriam Campos Leros, Director of Teachers for the Future of Spain, recently told us on the same pages how schools and families must urgently promote green education.

It is not enough to have a small garden in a school or go on a trip to the mountains once a year. The green awareness Our lives and our children must permeate our entire lives, from the clothes we wear to the transportation we use to the food we eat.

today in Parenting and Education ClubWe keep talking about it environment protection. But this time we focus on the animals. Not in homes – that we’re used to and that we know a lot about thanks to my partner Vega S Sanchez, responsible for the Animal and Plant Club of EL PERIÓDICO – but on the farm. Cows, bulls, sheep, chickens and pigs.

“Many humans have long since stopped listening to nature and distanced themselves from the animal kingdom,” he asserts Ismael Lopez Deparganiswhich you are now publishing, after the successful publication of “Animales como tú” “Saving Samuel (Domo)”, a beautiful illustrated children’s story Through which our children discover that “animals are pure love”. It is time that our children know more names of animals and trees than mobile phones.

“Farm animals are the great unknown. Children have sensitivity, empathy, and respect. Let us take advantage of these great virtues to advance their environmental awareness.”

Ismael Lopez Debarjan, author of Saving Samuel

Bringing the rescue of Samuel into the story from day to day Gaia Reserve (Camprodon, Ripolis)It is a rescue and recovery center for farm animals that have been exploited, abused or neglected. In the heart of the Pyrenees, animals live freely and form a “family” they all have personal names: Tina, Pedro, Victoria & mldr;

Samuel the calf was the star in the book Rescued from a dairy farm Who sent him to the slaughterhouse because he was a male. Once at the Gaya Sanctuary, which is like an animal hospital, he found “a home and a family”, including two chicks rescued from the lab.

“We are used to it dogs and catsBut farm animals are the biggest unknown. It is important for boys and girls to know them. children have Sensitivity, empathy and respect. Let’s take advantage of these great virtues – which many adults no longer possess – to enhance their environmental awareness & rdquor; asks Lopez Debarganes. “Boys, girls and young men are the ones who will change the world,” he continues.

It is strange – or rather disturbing – that the . file Parliament did not approve This week’s amendment to the audio-visual law proposed by Podemos, ERC and other parties would consider bullfighting content harmful to children and therefore not be broadcast on TV during children’s working hours.

Aside from the story, parents can also talk to our children – depending on their age – about how to do it Pork, beef and poultry farms have risen dramatically in the past six years. The situation is particularly alarming in Catalonia, where industrial livestock farming is the most contributor to the climate crisis, monopolizing 30% of greenhouse gas emissions from large farms across Spain, according to a recent report from green area.

A vegetarian and vegan diet is also compatible with health in childhood

Is the solution to be vegan? No need for that. But if you want to be, go ahead. Science has shown that a diet based on legumes, fruits, vegetables, and vegetables is compatible with health. Also in childhood, when school performance is not affected. This is what dietitian and nutritionist Giulio Bassolto told us recently, who recalls the importance of vegetarians (those who exclude products of animal origin, meat, fish and shellfish from their diet and mldr;) and vegans (who also exclude dairy products and its derivatives and eggs ) should take Vitamin B12 supplement.

But you don’t have to be a vegetarian to love nature, states the author of Saving Samuel. What would be good to give a boost to the fight against the climate emergency and Reduce the meat we eat.

In recent years, the Spaniards have imposed restrictions on meat consumption, which increased from 39 kilograms per capita per year (2010 data) to 33 kilograms (2019). Speaking exclusively of red meat, the World Cancer Research Fund recommends eating no more than three servings per week (about 300 grams). However, in the opinion of Basulto, a human nutrition expert Juango Caceres – The “Diet and Cancer” authors – the maximum consumption of two weekly servings of red meat is a “reasonable number” although they add that “no harm has been observed” for not being consumed. Come on, let the meat It is not necessary to live.

Related news

The political and social discussion organized after the Minister of Consumption, Alberto GarzonHe starred in a video titled “Less Meat, More Lives,” in which he denounced that excessive consumption of meat harms our health and the health of the environment and encouraged its reduction and lived “a certain joy” by the author of Samuel’s Ransom. That means we’re taking steps forward, concludes after the sanctuary’s website called up a chapter on vegan recipes: fake chicken made with soybeans and a soprasada blend made with nuts, peppers, and paprika.

Beware of environmental concern

Be careful, yes, while instilling our children with a keen interest in the planet they suffer from environmental concernIt is a relatively understudied disorder and there is no agreed definition yet. In general it can be said that it is a feeling of discomfort, nervousness, tension, fear, frustration and anxiety in the face of environmental problems and negative consequences that may occur on the planet, as defined by Silvia ColladoPhD in Environmental Psychology and co-author of the book “Environmental awareness and well-being in childhood”. The solution suggested by the psychologist is to provide environmental information to children but avoid disastrous messages. The author of “The Rescue of Samuel” suggests more ideas to combat children’s environmental anxiety: “We should remind boys and girls that the world is already doing things, and that we’re changing it”.

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