There’s no way around it: discussing the climate crisis with young children can be a major challenge. It’s an issue so big many adults aren’t able to comprehend its scope. One so serious the literal future of life as we know it is at stake.
That’s a lot to wrap your head around. Especially if you’re a kid and your biggest concerns should involve playgrounds and snack time.
But nevertheless, here we are. Climate change is a truly global concern, and with news stories appearing daily, awareness at a record high, people on both sides fired up, and the hard work toward solutions really only just beginning, it isn’t going away soon.
And of course, kids today will face the challenges of a warming world head-on. They have a right to understand the realities of the climate crisis and what it means for them – and as a parent, guardian, and/or caregiver, you have a responsibility to provide that knowledge as best you can.
But when? And how? That’s where we come in.
In our free new e-book, Beginning the Climate Conversation: A Family’s Guide, we discuss when to start the climate conversation and how to approach the topic with children. It is not designed as a substitute for formal science instruction, but we hope it will offer some insight into how to successfully discuss a challenging topic.