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Education Matters: Climate Change For Kids

by: Sharai Hoekema
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There are many tough conversions to be had with a young child. Often, those concern topics that every parent dreads to breach - but that should be discussed nonetheless, for the sake of your child. Let’s add a new topic to this—climate change. 

Education Matters: Climate Change For Kids

Children are becoming more and more aware of the state of the world around us. Teenagers are roaring, engaging in school strikes, and protesting worldwide, claiming that governments are ‘destroying’ the world that is their heritage. They find out what is happening early on - and do not take it sitting down. Best to avoid your child's wrath once they find out, and get the debate started before then.

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Photo by Markus Spiske, Pexels

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Even young children are capable of understanding the basics of climate change and how it will affect them. It is up to you to educate them well, to make sure that they are not unnecessarily spooked - as they easily might - or becoming ignorant of the problem. As a parent, you want to raise a well-rounded citizen of the world who cares for others and looks out for the world around them. 

This starts with you—time to take a quick, much-needed parenting lesson. I’ll call it climate change for kids.

Climate Change For Kids

Let’s get started on the basics. We all know what the weather is like when we look outside in the morning. Is it rainy? Sunny? Hot, cold? This determines how you dress, for one, what you are planning to do that day. It is safe to say that the weather dominates our daily life.

Then, you also know about the seasons. Cold Winter. The season of snow, skiing, and ice skating. Spring, when the weather is getting warmer, and the flowers start to blossom. Summer, with sunny, hot weather. The season of ice-creams, sunscreen, going to the beach. And autumn, usually a season of rain and wind. 

The seasons are the same every year. Together, they make up what we call the ‘climate.’ We go from cold to warm to hot to wet and windy and back to cold. Depending on where you live, temperatures for each season will generally stay the same over time.

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Climate Change Changing The World

Or do they? Scientists have found that over the past decades, our world has gotten warmer. This means that regardless of where you live, each season will be a little bit warmer than it used to be. Winters will be less cold, with less snow. Summers might be hotter and drier. Autumns can be wetter and stormier. And so on. It is fine when this happens one year, but when it continues to happen year after year - even getting worse as time passes - there is something wrong.

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Photo by Valdemaras D., Pexels

This is the process of global warming. As the words say, it means that all around the world (= global), temperatures are rising (= warming). This does not just mean that someone in Northern Europe will suddenly enjoy the same summers as someone in Spain. Because this would not be so bad, right? The problem is that the Earth is not used to these higher temperatures. This means that it will cause a lot of problems. Sea levels will rise as ice caps in Antarctica melt, leading to floods. Droughts will destroy farmlands, leading to hunger. And so on.

As you can see, many bad things can happen as the world heats up. This is what people mean when they talk about ‘climate change.’ 

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Climate Change Is Our Fault

The reason climate change is happening is us. We, as humans, have grown and evolved over the past few centuries. For this, we needed a lot of energy. The energy that we generated using so-called ‘fossil fuels,’ like oil and gas. We used it to power our cars, homes, and our factories. As we used those fuels, gases were released - that are responsible for global warming.

This is good news, in a way. Why do you ask? Well, it means that we can also stop it. We might not undo all the damage, but we can stop using so many fossil fuels. There are some alternatives, like energy generated by the sun or wind. In the future, children like you, growing up in a climate change-stricken world, will surely find even more ways of slowing it down. 

And I, for one, can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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