5 fun ways to teach your kids about climate change and environmental protection – Eco Warrior Princess | Directory Mayhem

Sometimes I show my kids heartbreaking photos of environmental degradation. I believe it is my responsibility as a parent to keep them informed of what is going on on our planet. In this way, instead of denying them the truth and treating them like little babies, it will help them understand problems by educating them and exposing them to the harsh realities of human existence. Lock them in a protective bubble filled with rainbows and hearts.

However, I also know that just sitting them down and explaining what’s going on while showing them harrowing photos to fully understand isn’t always the best way. There are factors to consider: the child’s age, the child’s personality, and the understanding and understanding of the child. Depending on the child, such an approach can be counterproductive.

If you’re a parent like me trying to figure out the best way to address climate change and the environment, I’ve discovered these five fun ways to parent teens:

1. Start at home; put a green sign

Environmental education starts at home. Teach your kids the history of our planet, what makes it healthy and what human activities make it sick, in simple language they can understand.

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Once they fully understand this information, the “green living” house rules you set up will make much more sense to them, especially after you explain why each of these rules is important and exactly how these practices can help save our planet . Your house rules may include things like:

Practicing green living in your own home is the easiest way for them to learn about sustainable living, as leading by example parents are the best way for children to learn good, eco-friendly living habits.

Better yet, depending on your kids’ ages, if you can combine positive environmental behavior with weekly or monthly rewards (like a trip to a local strawberry farm or a weekend camping trip), it can energize your kids even more!

2. Plant a community garden

Cities are a hotspot where the effects of global climate change are being felt and are also contributing a lot to the crisis, as cities are responsible for over 70% of global carbon emissions. An easy way to counteract this is to create a community garden. Your child(ren) will enjoy the hands-on approach to solving environmental problems, and joining forces with other families in your neighborhood and a group of your friends will make it a socially positive experience for your children, too. This activity will help them see the importance of plants, nutrition and the interdependence of people and the planet.

5 fun ways to teach your kids about climate change and environmental protection
girls in kindergarten. Photo credit: Jonathan Borba.

Well, if there aren’t any community gardens to join, why not see if your city would be willing to donate a small piece of land to this project? By asking them to open up a community garden and create opportunities, more families can be encouraged to participate, which only strengthens the community.

3. Suggest Inspiring Social Media Accounts (For Teens)

Social media is a great platform for creating awareness if your kids are old enough to use it and already have their own profiles. By sharing with them age-appropriate articles, fun videos, and other useful resources, they’ll be inspired to do the same with their friends.

You can also suggest pages and accounts for them to follow that serve as inspiration, such as: B. the youthful climate activist @gretathunberg, @fridaysforfuture and @climateoptimist.

4. Watch a documentary together

A great way to bond with your kids while educating them about climate change is with a family movie night. Serve up some healthy snacks (think carrot and celery sticks and homemade hummus dips), grab a cozy blanket, postpone the family comedy film and animated children’s films and instead schedule the documentary series Our Planet starring our favorite nature teller Sir David Attenborough a .

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5 fun ways to teach your kids about climate change and environmental protection
Children play in the forest. Photo credit: Annie Spratt.

This film not only shows us how magical our world is, but also how climate change is affecting every living thing on this planet. After watching this film, your children will begin to understand how climate change affects us all, feel a sense of urgency to act, and a sense of obligation to protect the planet and all living things.

This award-winning documentary series is currently available on Netflix.

5. Download an app

Many children have access to smartphones and some even have tablets taped to their hands. Instead of letting them waste their time playing video games and silly videos, download some apps that will teach them about climate change. For example, the Paint With Time: Climate Change app helps them see how a certain place has changed dramatically over time due to climate change. It shows glaciers that have melted drastically and how rising temperatures have led to floods and droughts.

Through this app, they can experience what is happening virtually and develop a sense of empathy. And when empathy is there, the need to create change arises. In addition, the world-renowned climate scientists Dr. Catherine Hayhoe and Dr. Todd Sanford also as scientific advisor for the app project!

Global warming is one of the most important problems facing humanity today. Our role as parents helps our children navigate the world and be productive and constructive members of society—a society that is increasingly global. By educating and informing them, you can raise their environmental awareness and help them make a positive contribution to a healthier planet.

Do you have some effective ways to educate your kids about the climate crisis that you’d like to share? Can you recommend documentaries and books? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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