Becoming environmentally aware

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Becoming environmentally aware

Parents can teach children how to be environmentally aware and have good environmental practices. I believe in two ways. There's the regular sort of old-fashioned way of teaching a child anything, rote, discipline, do this, it's important, brush your teeth, sort of those things that we just have to do as parents. But if you explain to them that every time you leave the light on, it's 3, 4, 5 shovels of coal, and then as they get a little older, maybe you understand what mining coal does to the planet, then eventually they will internalize and then come to the right behavior themselves. I think if they understand what happens when you do those things, then I think that they will integrate that answer, and I think that they'll internalize it and it will be automatic for them. Because kids get it, they understand. And if you tell them why it's important to take care of the environment and why it's important to be conscious about how you walk on this planet, I think they'll adopt it and adopt it sort of naturally.

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Kelly Meyer, passionate environmentalist and co-founder of the Women's Cancer Research Fund, is an active leader among several national and local environmental organizations.  She currently co-chairs the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and sits on the Board of Southern California’s, Heal the Bay.  Kelly is proud to have been a partner in the building of the first LEED Platinum home in California, Project7ten, which continues to be used to educate people on green building practices. Meyer was instrumental in the passage of the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), a groundbreaking piece of legislation that requires environmental education in grades K-12 in all public schools in the state of California. She also completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first hand, the concept of thinking globally while acting locally.  Most recently, she co-founded the Teaching Garden, which strives to eliminate childhood obesity by integrating good nutrition habits and fitness into schools. Now nationwide, it has been adopted by the American Heart Association as part of their prevention campaign. She was recently appointed by Secretary Solis to The Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. Kelly is married to Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios. They have two children and live in Malibu, where she enjoys hiking, surfing and stand up paddling.

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