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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

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