Climate change predictions can be scary for kids. What can you say?

Climate change predictions can be scary for kids. What can you say?

Deyi Chen, right, knits a mat out of plastic grocery bags at Olmsted Academy South as classmates Chloe Winchell, left, and Tammeka Mai, right, look on. The mats knitted by the students will ultimately be given to those who are homeless to use.

Climate change predictions can be scary for kids. What can you say?

Iman Al Khalidi paints a water bottle to be used as a vase at Olmsted Academy South.

 

Examine your daily habits and learn from your kids

The things you do every day can also be a natural segue into conversations, Brown said. Asking kids whether they leave the water running when they brush their teeth, for example, can lead to discussions about conservation. For Hoyos, having an electric car allowed her to explain to her kids that technology can be used to cut down on carbon emissions.

It’s important to set an example for your kids, Brown said, and it's also important for parents to learn from their children. Spending time with her students in class, Brown said she's surprised "how much more they care than adults do." Her students will continue the discussions started in the classroom at home, sharing what they learn with their families.

"I think that for the students, taking these conversations home helps their parents and their friends or whoever in the community to realize that small changes can have huge impacts,” Brown said.

Online resources for kids

Here are some resources Brown, Hoyos and Pecco recommend for parents wanting to help their kids learn more about climate change and other environmental issues.

 

NASA ClimateKids: a website with games, activities and more

Alliance for Climate Education: the group's website, good for older kids, has information about climate change and ways to get involved

imatteryouth.org: a youth-driven campaign fighting climate change

World Wildlife Fund: apps and games to help kids learn more about conservation issues



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