Educating Kids About Climate Change
Climate change is extremely important because its effects are felt by everyone across the planet. As the earth’s climate continues to shift, it can be observed in the form of storms, rising temperatures, and other natural disasters that continue to shape our environment in different ways. Unlike many other issues though, climate change is an issue that has far more consequences for a larger number of individuals.
It affects everyone in some way and so educating kids about climate change at an early age is essential. When speaking to children (and teens) about this subject, its important to stress the fact that climate change is a very serious problem that needs to be addressed. Here are a few pointers to recall when educating kids about climate change:
1) Be honest, tell them what climate change is.
Kids want to know the truth about the world around them. Teenagers usually want to know what they can do to make a change. Show them respect by not lying and saying that this is not a serious problem. There’s no need to scare kids, but do inform them about the world they live in and what they can do to make a change. Let them know what needs to happen and at least encourage their efforts at making a difference.
2) Try to keep the depth of the conversation suited for the age group to which you are speaking.
Always keep in mind the age group you are attempting to reach. For many younger kids you will need to keep the subject matter simple but informative. Teenagers can usually grasp advanced terms and subject matter and won’t appreciate being talked down to. With both age groups it is important to convey the gravity of this subject and what, as a human being, it should mean to them.
3) Invite discussion about the topic.
The more you show that you value their input, the more children of all ages will want to learn. Openly invite them to discuss the issue from many different angles in order to give them a better idea of the severity of the problem and how it might be solved. You might be pleasantly surprised by how they respond.
The Trash Museum on Murphy Road in Hartford offers an age-appropriate experience for children on how to succeed at “reduce-reuse-recycle” to combat climate change. From live viewing of trash -to- energy generation by the truckload to an art studio where kids can repurpose discards into artwork, the $4.00 admission price is a great value.