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.
Racism, violence, and hate have no place in our world. Black lives do matter. And silence is not an option.
Take the opportunity to learn more and get a better understanding of the institutionalized and systematic racism in our country. Here are a few books listed below to check out.
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Biased by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
- Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
- Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey
- Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
- A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature by Jacqueline Goldsby
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
We can also support those organizations who are working to end social injustice. Click on their names to learn more about several organizations working hard on this front. Consider supporting them both financially and with your voice. Many other organizations exist as I just listed a few here and not in any order.
You can do many things such as sign petitions, text and call legislators, donate to these organizations, educate yourself, donate supplies, protest in person or virtually, and more. And vote.
“The defining question is whether the discrimination is creating equity or inequity. If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist. If discrimination is creating inequity, then it is racist.”
― How to Be an Antiracist