The Talk: Climate Change
How is your family addressing climate change?
Climate activism isn’t just calling your members of Congress -- it can be finding the best way to educate the next generation on what we can do to address the crisis.
PBS News Reports: How to talk to your kids about climate change
Every day, we’re surrounded by threats of climate change. But while we focus on creating a more sustainable future, we can’t forget about how these threats can impact children, even those who aren’t direct victims of a weather incident. Mainstream media and direct experiences with climate change can mentally stress children. So here are a few “what to do’s” for parents when talking to their kids.
A child who has lived through climate or weather-related disaster
Experts say that parents should tailor their responses to climate events to fit the age of their child. For infants, that may mean saving or replacing comforting objects, such as a toy. For elementary-aged children, they recommend speaking frankly about the events, but not providing too many details. Finally, older children can handle a broader explanation, as teens do not respond well to parents withholding information.
For a child worried about the Earth’s future
The general climate and mainstream media have also frightened many kids. In order to deal with this, it is recommended that parents speak to their kids at levels they can understand. The older your child is, the more information they can process. In general, avoid defeatism and stating that the world is doomed. Emphasize that we have time to change our actions and teach them different ways to be more sustainable.
Are you talking to your family about climate change? If so, let us know in the comments!
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