The United Nations Climate Change Conference recently took place in Glasgow. According to the U.N., “The Earth is now about 1.1°C warmer than it was in the 1800s. We are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target to keep global temperature from exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. That is considered the upper limit to avoid the worst fallout from climate change.”
These national headlines and statistics often make children feel helpless. Yet, children can make a difference today. My children’s novel provides an adventure that will help build children’s curiosity about animals and the world around them.
Here are 5 tips for helping children make a difference with climate change today:
- Walk or bike to school. Find a classmate in the neighborhood to make it more fun.
- Reuse returned homework and school paperwork as wrapping paper or letters for family. Grandparents, aunts, or uncles can see your old math homework wrapping up their gifts.
- Avoid taking plastic bottled drinks and use the fountains or reusable containers.
- Turn off the lights every time you leave the room. Turn it into a game or contest about family members keeping lights off.
- Find rocks out in nature and decorate them as gifts for loved ones. Family loves homemade gifts especially for the holidays.
Children can take on these simple actions and feel a part of the community and that they’re making a difference. In the end, we all want to make a difference, even children.