I remember a children’s story about a man who got angry when neighborhood kids threw rocks at ducks. He’d yell at them, but they would keep coming back to throw more rocks. One day, as the man was about to yell again, he saw a woman approach the kids. She had colored pencils and paints. She showed the kids how to draw ducks. By the end of the story, the kids had started looking for other animals and plants to draw… and they had put down the rocks.
It’s a simple story, but it illustrates the power of teaching children to respect the environment.