MamaLA: The Kids Shall Inherit the Earth

The time to take care of Mother Nature is all year long

A few nights ago, we went on an early evening walk with our kids to get Pinkberry. Strolling along on this beautiful spring evening, Soraya’s youngest was enthralled by the nature she encountered along the way: a trio of heart-shaped leaves that she named Papa, Mama, and Baby, followed by a vibrant yellow flower that looked just like a closed umbrella. Lila savored these little gems and ferreted them away in her pockets until we got back home. The blood moon eclipse later that night once again announced the universe around us.

With Earth Week upon us, we once again vow to reduce our waste of natural resources and be better about reusing and recycling, and these are wonderful messages to teach our kids about caring for the planet. Children seem to have an innate connection to nature, and the time to explore it, while us adults are so easily sucked into an inside world of offices, computers, and chores. We just want to be able to do more to sustain young people’s interest in the world outside.

Recently, a friend contacted Soraya about a wonderful service called Wasteless Living that she had been introduced to as a pilot program: Her family of four kept all of their compost waste, which was then picked up weekly, composted, and returned to her for use in her garden. In one year, they produced 1,000 pounds of compost waste from kitchen scraps and natural materials that would have otherwise been thrown in the trash, and ended up in landfill. Organic material that goes into landfills anaerobically (without the presence of oxygen) turns into methane gas, which, in turn, leads to the atmosphere’s warming, but if every household were willing to either compost themselves or hire a company to do it for them, it would result in a meaningful reduction of waste. This particular pilot program is currently available in the San Gabriel Valley, and for schools and organizations, but they are hoping expand into surrounding areas, and we are hoping it catches on and becomes readily available.

When we think about what the future holds for our children, and our children’s children, it honestly scares us to think about the imprint that past generations (and our own) have left upon this earth. It feels like the pendulum is starting to swing back in the right direction, but to truly make a difference, we all need to change our wasteful ways. Think of it as part of our children’s inheritance.

With seven children ranging in age from one to seventeen years between them, sisters and bloggers Yasmine Delawari Johnson and Soraya Delawari Dancsecs are experts at parenting in L.A. They take a break from PTA board meetings, cooking, and producing films to blog at CityThink each Thursday.