The world can always use more kindness, and as educators or parents, we have the opportunity to help children realise how powerful kindness and compassion can be.
With Be Kind to Animals Week coming up from 1 – 7 October this year, let’s jump on board and bring some extra kindness to the world by showing some love for our furry (or feathery or scaly !) friends!
Be Kind to Animals Week is an initiative from the not-for-profit Victorian animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission. As well as caring for animals themselves, they aim to educate others and encourage increased compassion and love for animals.
Challenges to be kind to animals
There are so many ways we can be kind to animals, and to show children how to extend kindness to animals too.
Here are just a few ways you and your community can contribute to creating a loving, compassionate world for all animals:
- Appreciate wildlife: Take the time to admire and appreciate the animals around where you live or on holiday. For example, keep your eyes peeled for different types of birds and take in the beauty of their unique colours and songs.
- Support animal habitats: One of the biggest threats to animals in the wild, including our beloved natives, is a reduction in their safe habitats. Spare a thought for animals before you cut down trees and leave some water out for animals when it’s hot.
- Dispose and recycle responsibly: Putting rubbish in the bin properly and keeping waterways clear is vital for animal wellbeing. Also aim to avoid single-use plastics and recycle wherever possible to maximise your care for the planet and its creatures.
- Learn more about animals: Reading books about animals can help everyone learn more about what they need to thrive. The more we know, the more we can make sure we are doing everything we can to give animals a happy life!
Keep supporting children to be proud to be kind and to show animals compassion and love!