As a parent, being aware of what’s going on with climate change is important to me. It’s the world my kids are living in, after all. The wildfires we’ve had here in California have been one of the areas that let us talk to the kids about climate change. The water shortage is another, and my daughter is very good at expressing sheer disgust any time she thinks people are wasting water.
A part of being aware is being aware of what can be done by individuals. Teaching kids from early on to do their part at home and elsewhere is a good place to focus.
There are some great resources out there for kids. The EPA Climate Change Kids Site is a good place to start. Lots of information and some games to test their knowledge.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Climate Classroom Kids is another good resource for children. There are games, a family action plan checklist, and parent & teacher resources so you can help your children learn more. My son gets the Animal Baby magazine and my daughter gets Your Big Backyard, which are both put out by the NWF and really fun for them.
If you want to get more serious, there’s the Kids vs. Global Warming website. It has plenty of resources for kids who want to take more of an activist approach to climate change.
It’s wonderful being able to teach your kids from an early age that individuals do matter. It’s not just in fighting climate change, but in everything they truly believe in and want to make a difference in.