Global Warming Crusade

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Transcript Global Warming Crusade

Presented by Climate Classroom
and National Wildlife Federation
News about Global Warming is everywhere, but
how do we answer children’s questions in
appropriate, helpful ways?
By helping children
explore nature and
develop Earth-friendly
habits, they grow up
caring for nature and
the world around them.
This guide will help concerned adults, parents,
and educators conduct these discussions in
accurate, developmentally appropriate, and
hopeful ways using:
 8 tips prepared by National Wildlife Federation for
discussing global warming with children
 Answers to frequently asked questions
 Additional resources
Tips For Talking With Students
About Global Warming
1. Conversation needs to
be age appropriate
2. Let the child guide the
3. Answer questions by
informing yourself
4. Diffuse fear by
acknowledging it and
giving hope
Tips For Talking With Students
About Global Warming
5. Don’t burden them with
6. Think positively about solutions
7. Invite participation through
8. Encourage action by letting
students know they can make a
1. Be Age Appropriate
 Talk to the students at an
age appropriate level
 Global warming is a
complex concept for
children and may not be
appropriate to discuss at all
age levels
 Create a sense of hope
and positive understanding
at all age levels
Pre-School (Ages 1-4) and
Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)
 Pre-school children learn through
doing and touching
 Children do not have abstract
thoughts therefore making global
warming hard to understand
 Take the children outside and explore
the natural world in their backyard
Children who spend time with nature
care about it
 Consider doing an activity from
Early Elementary
(Ages 7-9: Grade 1-3)
 Children at this age should be
exploring the natural world
outside their door
 Exploring should be hands-on
and full of joy
 No need to introduce topic of
global warming, if the child is not
 If they do ask, keep the
answers brief and basic (see for
more info)
Early Elementary (cont.)
 Assure child that adults
are working on the problem
 Best thing for children to
be do at this age is interact
with nature
Planting, exploring what is
under rocks, looking at
clouds, listening for birds,
beginning to identify with
If working with this age
group, do an activity from
Upper Elementary
(Ages 10 – 12: Grades 4-6)
 Child’s ability to think in an abstract manner is now increasing
 Can introduce topic of global warming and answer questions
 Share your own interest in the issue
 Make simple suggestions to fight global warming at all times
 Action examples available on Climate Cards or
2. Let Students Guide the
 Listen carefully to their
questions and answers
 Even if you know a lot
about the subject, or are
passionate about it, it’s
important not to overload
them with information they
are not ready for
3. Answer questions
 It’s important to be informed
 Review this guide again
before visiting a classroom
 Review the facts on the back
of the Climate Cards
 Visit National Wildlife
Federation’s for
additional information
4. Diffuse Fear
 Global warming and many
of its projected impacts are
 If students are anxious or
upset by what they’ve heard,
acknowledge these fears
Diffuse fear by steering the
conversation toward
5. Don’t Burden Them
 Children didn’t create this
It’s not fair to tell them
they’ll be solely responsible
for solving it
Let them know many, many
grown-ups are working hard
to solve it
6. Think Positively
 Children are naturally
 We’ll need every drop
of this optimism to
tackle global warming
 Emphasize that it’s
not too late
 People have caused this problem, and people, working
together around the world, should be able to solve it
7. Invite Participation
 Explain that solving the
problem will require some big
changes – in society and in
our daily lives
 We’ll need to rethink many
things, from the way we get
energy to the way we build
houses and get around
Everyone can play a part in
turning the tide
8. Empower Action
 Provide opportunities
for students to take
action at home and in
the classroom
Seek out positive
steps you can take
Whenever possible,
keep it local and
tangible with visible
Students Frequently Asked Questions
“What is global
Global warming is
something that is
happening to the
climate of the
earth. The average
temperature is
rising around the
It’s because of the greenhouse effect.
More Frequently Asked Questions
“What is the greenhouse effect?”
It is a natural occurrence and
helps to keep the lower 10
miles of our atmosphere
livable. As more gases, such
as carbon dioxide and
methane, are added to the
atmosphere, it holds in more
More Frequently Asked Questions
“What is the difference between global warming
and climate change?”
Global Warming
is the increase of the
Earth’s average surface
temperature due to a
build-up of greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere.
Climate Change
is a broader term that
refers to long-term
changes in climate,
including average
temperature and
More Frequently Asked Questions
“Why is global warming happening?”
The Earth’s climate is always
changing. Looking back at the
planet’s long history, we see
evidence of big changes. So
global warming – and global
cooling – is nothing new.
What’s different this time is the
reason for the change and how
fast it is happening. People
have been adding extra carbon
dioxide to the atmosphere
since the “Industrial
Revolution.” This was the time
in the late 1700’s and early
1800’s when people began
burning fossil fuels for energy
to run machines.
More Frequently Asked Questions
“What’s being done now to help reduce our
greenhouse gas emissions?”
There is no single solution to solve the global
warming solution problem. We need a multitude of
ways to address the issue and scientists are
studying these areas:
 Producing electricity efficiently
Using electricity efficiently
Vehicle efficiency
Increase our reliance on renewable energy such
as solar and wind power
Carbon capture and storage
More Frequently Asked Questions
“What can I do to solve the problem?”
Global warming is a problem that needs huge solutions. Lots of
people will have to help. It will mean changing the way we all live—
maybe in small ways, but in some big ways, too. For more information
check out the Polar Cards and various conservation websites for more
ideas on how you can help save the environment.
Simple Things To Do
 Turn off your computer and TV when
you’re not using them.
Unplug electronics and chargers
between uses.
Take shorter showers.
Run your washing machine and
dishwasher only when full.
Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and
Take reusable bags with you to the
More Simple Things To Do
 Refer to the backs of your Climate Cards for more
Additional Resources
(Designed for Kids/Adults)
Climate Classroom Kids
 Green Hour (Early Elementary)
 NWF Ranger Rick
 EcoHealth
Johns Hopkins and The University of Wisconsin
at Madison
 Climate Change: Kids Site
Environmental Protection Agency
 Climate Classroom