Today’s Solutions: August 11, 2022

Around the world, children are taking action against climate change inaction—they’re going on strike from school, calling on governments to do something, and filing lawsuits. They are willing to be bold in the face of indifference and to shout louder than today’s failing leaders. We need to listen. And we need to hold their hands and do something, together. As grown-ups, we can help by talking to kids about climate change and further empowering them to be a part of the solution. The following five techniques will help you create an ongoing dialogue with kids about climate change. First technique: turn it into a story. This is a great way to get a complex message like climate change across to young kids and help to inspire them. Second technique: build up the facts. Although it’s important not to frighten kids about climate change, it’s also not good to provide “false optimism”. Convey the gravity of the situation and present the science. Third technique: tell the truth—but in manageable pieces. Don’t flood children with information and instead, break it down into small pieces you tell over time. Fourth technique: help kids take action. A great way to help empower kids is to help them be a part of the solution. Teach them how to write to politicians, take part in clean-ups, or start a petition. Fifth technique: Make it fun. There are plenty of games, quizzes, and other fun ways out there to build a child’s knowledge about climate action. A click will show you all the great things you can do to empower children to be a part of the solution.

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