Climate change for kids
By Babysits, 3 min read
Have your kids ever asked, ‘why do cans go in a different garbage?’ or ‘why don’t people eat meat?’ or maybe ‘why is it snowing in June?’. These questions can have simple or complex answers depending on where you want the conversation to go. With the right resources you can educate and equip your children to make better decisions aligned to keeping the Earth healthy.
Why talk about the climate with your kids?
Why is it important to know what being green means and what climate change is? These are very popular and important topics around the world and your children will encounter them as they get older. It is important they know how to navigate the conversations with facts. Discussing what is happening to the planet and how it will affect them in the future will allow them to discover why it is important to be proactive in doing something now. Hopefully they will develop a personal responsibility to take care of the environment around them. It is important as a parent to instill eco-friendly behaviors in your children so they will appreciate what they have. With the correct information given, children will be tiny warriors on the front line of fighting against pollution.
How to talk about the climate with your kids?
An easy place for starting this conversation is at the dinner table. There might be a time, after everyone has talked about their day, when you can start asking questions about what your kids know about the environment. It is a good time to ask them what they enjoy about being outside and what they would miss if it were gone.
Go on a walk
Go on a walk with your kids to talk about what they see, both positive and negative. Ask them to tell you about what belongs in nature and what doesn't. Teach your child why it is important to keep the environment clean from trash or unnatural things like oil in the ocean, deforestation, and carbon dioxide in the air. Make sure to talk about what these things do to the animals that live in those habitats.
Talk more often
When talking with children often it is easier to show them how these things affect the environment. Questions like, would you rather sit on a beach that is clean or littered with trash in the sand, can really get kids brainstorming about what mother Earth should look like. It can create a respect for the beings living on this planet.
Let the kids take care of the environment
There are many ways you can make taking care of the environment fun. You can try giving a superhero name to your little EcoAvenger to make them feel like they are powerful in helping the world. You can try giving points for all good green deeds they completed. As long as you can put a positive and sensational spin on it, and get excited yourself, your kids will follow along. If you want more ideas, please take a look at our other article for 10 fun ideas to help keep the planet healthy.