Turning the Tables: When Kids Green the Parents

Parents, you know what sort of influence you have over your kids — it’s a lot, right? — but TreeHugger knows that it goes both ways, and that kids can show their folks a thing or two, as well. After you’ve greened your baby [www.treehugger.com] and greened your kids’ toys [www.treehugger.com], check out some of our favorite examples of kids taking the green initiative and showing us all a thing or two about changing the world from the ground up.

1) Our Convenient Truths video contest [truths.treehugger.com] showed us some inspirational kids doing some great things, like converting a car to run on SVO [truths.treehugger.com] and scaling up personal decisions [truths.treehugger.com] to not just effect the whole family, but the whole world.
2) The Wal-Mart Kids Recycling Challenge [www.treehugger.com] has helped kids recycle 1,400 tons of plastic bags, earning more than $1.2 million from Wal-Mart in the process.
3) Kids in Annapolis, Maryland helped not only harvest rain, but do it in style [www.treehugger.com] with a cool school project.
4) They’re also shoes of hope [www.treehugger.com] as part of the Art Miles Mural Project, getting kids across America involved in the fight against climate change by having them paint canvas shoes for kids in the developing world that include personalized messages of what they are doing to help stop it’s onslaught.

5) Kids like to play, but they can do some good work while having fun, with things like SEE Toys [www.treehugger.com].
6) Getting digital, Electocity [www.treehugger.com] lets kids develop their own virtual city to learn about energy, natural resources, and ultimately the future of the population within it.
7) Let’s get back to work, with a venture called Calsunergy [www.treehugger.com] (pictured above). The chief executive hopes to launch the company before beginning eighth grade in the fall. The chief technical officer is just getting ready to start sixth grade. And the company’s chief financial officer and vice president of marketing are readying themselves for only the fifth grade!