Powerful Ways to Teach Kids About Climate Change



Children love nature. They jump at the chance to go to the park or beach in the summer and build a snowman in the winter. So how can we as parents translate that seemingly innate love of the outdoors into a life-long commitment to caring for the planet? Creating a meaningful connection between the environment and kids isn’t as hard as it may seem. 


Connecting the environment and kids works best when we start small, led by example, use hands-on activities and make it fun. So, here are the easy, everyday tips we can use to teach our kids to lighten their carbon footprint: 


  1. Conserve water

  • When brushing your teeth, turn off the water. 
  • Teach children about water-saver gardening through plant selection. 
  • Show them how to water the lawn and garden properly. 


  1. Flick the switch

  • Turn off the light when you leave the room. 
  • Turn off the TV if no one is watching it. 
  • Finally, try turning off the air conditioner if the summer’s not too hot. 


  1. Close the door

  • Keep the doors to the outside closed so you won’t let air conditioning or heat escape. 
  • Don’t leave the refrigerator door open for too long while deciding what to eat. 


  1. Start a Garden

  • Start simple, with window-box herbs. 
  • In addition, dedicate a section of your backyard to growing broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, and much more. 
  • Finally, involve the kids in cooking the harvest. 


  1. Avoid disposables

  • Use recyclable containers when packing lunch boxes. 
  • Also, use cloth napkins with dinner. 
  • Carry a hankie instead of paper tissues. 


  1. Recycle

  • Teach children what can be recycled instead of becoming a household waste. 
  • Have kids put old homework in the paper bin & yogurt containers in the plastic bin. 
  • “Complete the circle” by buying products made with recycled ingredients such as paper. 


  1. Reuse

  • Clean out jam or jelly jars and reuse them as drinking glasses. 
  • Use empty paper towel rolls for your kids’ next art project. 
  • Turn empty plastic containers with tight-fitting lids into under-sink compost bins. 


  1. Compost

  • Teach kids what can and can’t be used for garden compost. 
  • Have the kids sort the food waste. 
  • Show them the compost process as it happens. 
  • Let them use the fertilizer in their window boxes and garden. 


  1. Walk or bike

  • Lead by example: Not all trips need to be taken by car. 
  • Go for walks together as a family after dinner. 
  • And, when kids get older, let them walk or take a bike to school, to friends’ houses or to the store. 


  1. Give “experience” gifts

  • Toys break or kids quickly get tired of them, and they end up in the landfill. 
  • Instead, take the kids rock climbing or camping. 
  • Finally, museum, art institute and science center memberships make great family gifts– and future memories. 



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