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Learning about climate change

17 February 2021, Action for Change

Helping children navigate their feelings about our changing climate 

The news about climate change can be overwhelming for children. Ever wondered how to talk to them about the changing climate in a way that makes them feel empowered to help to protect the planet?
To help young pre and early primary school-aged children understand why the world is getting warmer, Save the Children have produced an informative animated video. Using simple language and concepts, the video offers easy-to-understand explanations by kids themselves of the causes of climate change and gives children ideas on how they can make a positive difference. 

Tips for talking to young ones

Young children may be understandably confused, anxious or despondent after learning about climate change and its ongoing impact.  Parents or caregivers can be a trusted source of information and reassurance as children navigate their feelings about the world they live in. 
There are lots of fun ways to show little ones how looking after the planet now can help it survive and prosper in the long term. 

  • Encourage them to get involved in growing herbs at home, or veggies if there’s a backyard. 
  • Get involved in a bush playgroup with other young children and families
  • Volunteer in a clean-up effort with the local community 

Older children may benefit from involvement with action-orientated communities, such as the Youth Climate Movement, and undertaking research and learning of their own. 

Once you’ve started the conversation you may find your children can educate you too. Little ones may be learning about the environment at school while teenagers may be up to date with fossil fuels and energy alternatives. Don’t be afraid to make your conversations about climate change open and ongoing. 

Ultimately, it’s up to all of us to take action to combat the problem. Adults as well as children can feel heartened that there are billions who are working to protect children from the impacts of climate change, and to create a cleaner, greener future. 

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