As parents, you are aware the climate is changing. You worry that climate change will adversely affect your children and grandchildren. And you get it — climate change is largely a result of human activity and carbon dioxide emissions. So, how can you teach your children to not only care about climate change but also to become climate activists?
Well, look no further because climate journalist Kendra Pierre-Louis reveals her three tips on how to spur children into action going forward.
Keep reading for Pierre-Louis' three steps below.
Enjoy The Beauty Of Nature Together
In a world where it is easy to get caught up in running your kids from one extracurricular activity to another, families often forget to engage in the simple pleasures of a short walk, bike ride or a day at the lake. Yet one of the first steps to getting your children involved in climate activism is learning to appreciate the natural wonders of this planet together. When you go outside with your children, Pierre-Louis recommends taking it one step further and engaging in "activities outdoors: planting a garden, taking hikes, engaging in outdoor free play, and more."
Engage With Literature
Pierre-Louis advises parents to expose "children to literature that focuses on how to care for the environment. You can combine it together with something as simple as looking at the trees, then researching what trees do for the environment." Here is a list of 25 books parents can add to their collection.
Take Action Together
Two ways that Pierre-Louis recommends helping your kids take action are by doing beach clean-ups and BioBlitzes with them. According to National Geographic, a bioblitz is "an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time, usually 24 hours." A bioblitz typically occurs in or near a residential area and involves families and community members. It's easy to imagine how this activity will help your children feel connected to nature and want to take care of it.
As Pierre-Louis tells PopSugar, "We need to teach children to be stewards of the environment, where they feel a sense of responsibility to both care and advocate for the planet." Implementing these simple steps will certainly set your kiddos on the right path.