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Talking to Your Kids About Climate Change

Climate change is a hot topic, and your kids probably have questions about it. But it’s not exactly the easiest issue to explain. Use these ideas from Nat Geo Kids to help you empower your children to understand not only what climate change is all about—but also what they can do to help.

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Not sure how to explain climate change? No problem! First, remind kids how awesome our planet is with this amazing photo gallery. Then show them a simple video to teach them about climate change, from the science behind the greenhouse effect to how global warming is affecting the Earth. For even more information, check out this kid-friendly article that explains it all.

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Most scientists agree that climate change affects the weather. Turn your kids into meteorologists who can predict the weather by using signals from nature.

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Get kids excited about fighting climate change by playing the online game Recycle Roundup, then investigate ideas the whole family can do together to help save the planet. Whether they’re creatively reusing household items, waging a war on plastic, or decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, kids will feel empowered to make a difference.

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Upcycling is a great way to keep trash out of landfills—and CO2 out of the atmosphere. Have your children grab an old pair of jeans and upcycle them into a lunch bag.

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Your kids probably have something to say about climate change, so help their voices be heard. Watch some videos to spark ideas, then use these letter-writing tips to show them how to craft compelling letters asking for support from politicians and other leaders.

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Want to get the entire neighborhood involved? Work with your kids to start a petition. Get them ready to present their case to others by helping them research the topic and practice public speaking.



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