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It is important to discuss climate change with children

As we often say, the future belongs to the children. But what kind of future will we leave for them? Future generations need to be aware of the nature of climate change not only because they will feel its impacts very directly (particularly as regards water), but also because the attitudes they form towards environmental protection will play a crucial role.

Explain it so they understand!

Up to a certain age, children take everything they hear literally, so phrases such as “killing our planet” are unhelpful. Let’s emphasise the love of nature instead, pointing out the many beautiful things and the importance of not disturbing the animals and plants that live there when we walk in a forest or a meadow.

Make it tangible!

Although children are quite capable of following conversations, it is always better if they are able to link what they hear to practical activities. We should accompany our explanations with visual demonstrations, this will make it easier for children to understand and to remember what they heard. Let’s present tangible solutions, such as collecting litter.

Children must be told about climate change – using positive, comprehensible language appropriate to their age Photo: Shutterstock

Do not scare them!

For children to understand the change, they must first understand the facts. But scaremongering is not a good approach. Instead, concentrate on the easily comprehensible things. Children ask questions. When they do, it is quite okay to admit that we don’t have all the answers. Let’s look things up together, which may lead us on to new topics we can discuss.

Although there are many sinister theories doing the rounds in the virtual world, it is best to approach the topic from a positive angle with children. We should encourage them by saying that even the little things are important and that every positive action will contribute to a positive change.

Don’t just talk, do things as well!

The strongest impact on children is achieved if we walk the talk. If we talk about selective waste collection, let’s collect our own household waste selectively, too.

Further information: Inhabitat

Shaping attitudes the Danish way: free kayaking in return for picking up waste

Protecting our waters against pollution is in all our interests. It is no accident that an increasing number of initiatives are trying to engage society at large in taking part in the protection of the environment. The Danish NGO GreenKayak, for instance, offers free kayaking in locations around Northern Europe and all they ask in return is that kayakers should pick up waste they find in the water along the way.

The psychology of the waters

Many studies have shown that time spent in nature, fresh air and a green environment has benefits not only for our bodies but also for our souls and minds. In addition to mountains, forests and meadows, waterfronts are particularly attractive destinations.

50 foods that could save Earth

From cacti through algae and vitamin-rich flowers to drought-resistant root vegetables, Knorr and WWF have compiled a list of 50 nutritious foods whose consumption would be more advantageous for human health, while their cultivation would benefit our planet relative to our present dominant food sources.

Climate change on the catwalk

A number of fashion designers have reacted to climate change and its consequences with their collections shown at the Paris Fashion Week.

The five steps of saving water

Clean water is a great treasure, yet we waste a lot of it for no good reason: for instance, a dripping tap can waste up to 75 litres per day. It is our obligation to save water: it leaves more for others, and we can also save money.

How to avoid polluting the Earth with our clothing

The fashion industry is one of the most harmful for the environment: it wastes water, pollutes the air, encourages overconsumption, wastefulness and also produces massive quantities of waste. The damage caused by the monthly replacement of fast fashion collections on the shelves of fashion stores would fill a very long list. But how can we counteract it?

Overeating fattens ecological problems, too

Most people are aware that any unnecessary calories we ingest are detrimental to our health, but few consider that food consumed in excess of our real needs – and the energy, water and other resources used for its production – is of little utility, it is practically wasted.

Sustainable materials for the fashion industry?

The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries of all: it produces microfibres and chemicals and uses huge quantities of water while making 150 billion new articles of clothing every year. The environmental load caused by the fashion industry causes inestimable damage, and the best way to counteract that is to choose clothing made of more sustainable textiles. But where are they?

New perspectives for the feast table – or what on earth is insect marketing?

Food waste is a growing problem in developed countries. Massive amounts of perfectly edible food is thrown away because of merely aesthetic blemishes. The psychological factor behind the phenomenon is disgust, which may apply in relation to edible insects, as well. That attitude ought to be reconsidered from a climate protection perspective.

Washing tips to reduce the quantity of microplastics

In recent years, a new concept related to environmental pollution has gained wide-ranging recognition: microplastics. The term denotes pieces of plastic smaller than 5 mm resulting from the break-up of plastic items. During washing, clothing made of synthetic fibres sheds many microfibres that pollute our waters and damage our environment.