There is an old Greek proverb that says “a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” I think this is true. The future belongs to our children, and every action that we take today determines the earth that they will inherit from us tomorrow.
This is a lesson that many of us are just beginning to learn as adults. Many of us were not raised fully understanding the consequences of our lifestyles. Instead, we find ourselves adjusting throughout our lifetimes, as we observe changes in the climate and damage that can sometimes seem beyond repair.
For today’s children it is not so. Environmental education is beginning earlier than ever. And while a society may grow great when old men take action to protect the future, the true power lies with its children. I would argue that a society grows greater when children are passionate and creative enough to imagine and implement solutions to problems that they did not create.
Luckily for us, given the right information, today’s children are passionate and powerful beyond measure. I recently read an article on Mother Nature Network called 19 Super Kids Who Will Save the World From Adults. It highlighted the stories of 19 boys and girls who stepped up and took it upon themselves to find solutions to our woes before they even hit 20. It was one of the most inspiring stories I had ever read.
Here are some of my favorite stories from the article:
Stories and children like these are no stranger to Little Pickle Press. Not to long ago, Land Wilson, author of Sofia’s Dream, helped children to start a campaign on change.org asking Crayola to establish a take-back program for their plastic markers, in order to prevent millions of markers from becoming pollution and waste. The petition has now been signed by over 85,000 supporters, and it inspired Dixon Ticonderoga to begin recycling their line of Prang Art Markers.
Yes, today’s children are passionate and powerful beyond measure. Combined, their imaginative approach to the world’s problems and their inherent love for nature are a force to be reckoned with. If these children represent the next generation to inherit the earth, I think it is safe to say that we will be leaving it in good hands.
Are you doing your part to take action? Do you know any children who have gone above and beyond to make a difference? Please share your stories with us!