Talking to Children about Climate Change

Young Children and Climate Change

Positive Climate Change Messages

Join the talk to find out what these are!
Join our on line event on Weds 24th June at 7:30-8:30pm to hear How to Talk to Kids about Climate Change. Registration Essential please, tickets on eventbrite here.

It’s a tricky conundrum. Do we talk to our kids about climate change or not? Do we keep the issues hidden from them, aiming to reduce climate anxiety? Or do we help them to understand that the world is changing and discuss what we can all do to help? There are pros and cons either way.

We were delighted, therefore to come across Anya Hart Dyke of www.bigdreamslittlefootprints.org who has been carefully considering this conundrum with her own children and has devised many innovative and fun solutions. We can teach children about sustainability and how to not want strawberries at Christmas!

When you think about it, there’s really no reason why we shouldn’t teach children about the benefits of growing food, or shopping locally, or up-cycling second hand clothes etc. All of this means that we can help them to develop in a kind and caring way whilst helping the planet. Of course, we also need to be mindful that we don’t set up a situation where they feel they are losing out or feel socially excluded.

Teaching kids where food comes from.
Therefore, Anya decided it was most effective to start young whilst children are still listening to their parents (!) and to encourage them to both be less materialistic and to value the natural world that we need to protect. In ensuring they understand WHY this is all so important, in an age-appropriate way, with the choices that we make with them, you get their buy-in and the habits endure into adulthood.

Anya says: "I think teaching children how to look after the Planet is as important as teaching them how to look after themselves and those around them. All three - the Planet, us and others - require the same levels of respect, compassion and understanding."

Our on line event is on Weds 24th Jun at 7.30pm - 8.30pm where we can learn from Anya’s experience and discuss ideas of our own. Please do join us for what will surely be a fun evening of inspiration and ideas. Booking is essential please. Tickets for Talking to Kids about Climate Change can be booked at eventbrite here or by emailing kidz-zone@planetsutherland.com.

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