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Top tips for talking about climate change

Climate change is being talked about across all media, so is something your children will inevitably hear about and could be alarmed by. It’s a complex subject to discuss but if you tackle it little by little, it won’t seem so overwhelming or scary. Here are our top tips to help!

Normalise the subject

Familiarising your child with the theme of climate change is a good idea as it will build up their resilience to it, so cause less anxiety.

 

You could start by including films and books with a gentle eco-theme to them in your film nights and reading lists. Films like Ice Age: The Meltdown and The Lorax are ideal, as are books like Debi Gliori’s The Trouble with Dragons and Barroux’s Where’s the Elephant? Once you’ve watched or read them, ask general questions about the messages within them to understand your children’s thoughts.  

 

Similarly, when climate change is mentioned on the news, try and chat about the issues discussed, be that freak storms or upcoming summits, and how they fit into the bigger picture.

Develop their understanding

Once your child knows a few facts about climate change, why not try Busy Things’ Tree World simulation game. It highlights how all the areas affected interconnect.

 

It’s great fun to play, which is important, but will also help your child understand the different elements in play and how we can achieve the balance between technology and nature that we’re striving for!

 

Check out more fun climate change activity ideas!

Delve deeper

When your child shows an interest in learning more about a particular area of climate change, harness their enthusiasm and help them find out more. It’s important not to force this, as what may seem like simply exploring a subject to us adults can sometimes feel like extra schoolwork for the child. Instead, try and be specific about what they are interested in, and explore that element further. Sometimes finding out simple facts for young children can be a challenge, but resources like Busy Things have sourced and verified all the facts and figures you’ll need already. Busy Things is offering free access to all our climate resources throughout Great Big Green Week, so take a look! See below for more details. There are obviously books on climate change too, but again, be conscious that if left to read up on something alone, it can be demotivating for the child. Instead, read up on the subject area together as a joint project!

Encourage independent research

As many everyday decisions made in families have an impact on climate change, it’s easy to get children involved on a practical level. From what we eat to the energy, car and holidays we choose, all impact our family’s carbon footprint.

Keep environmental issues front of mind by mentioning them often and support your children if they initiate a positive change (even if they try it and revert back!)

An easy experiment to try if you have a smart meter is the energy consumption test. Start off with all your appliances on as usual, then turn some that are on unnecessarily, or on but in standby mode, off. How much does this reduce the energy you are using? You could even work out what you could save in a year if you’re really keen!

Normalise the subject

Familiarising your child with the theme of climate change is a good idea as it will build up their resilience to it, so cause less anxiety.

 

You could start by including films and books with a gentle eco-theme to them in your film nights and reading lists. Films like Ice Age: The Meltdown and The Lorax are ideal, as are books like Debi Gliori’s The Trouble with Dragons and Barroux’s Where’s the Elephant? Once you’ve watched or read them, ask general questions about the messages within them to understand your children’s thoughts.  

 

Similarly, when climate change is mentioned on the news, try and chat about the issues discussed, be that freak storms or upcoming summits, and how they fit into the bigger picture.

Develop their understanding

Once your child knows a few facts about climate change, why not try Busy Things’ Tree World simulation game. It highlights how all the areas affected interconnect.

 

It’s great fun to play, which is important, but will also help your child understand the different elements in play and how we can achieve the balance between technology and nature that we’re striving for!

 

Check out more fun climate change activity ideas!

Delve deeper

When your child shows an interest in learning more about a particular area of climate change, harness their enthusiasm and help them find out more. It’s important not to force this, as what may seem like simply exploring a subject to us adults can sometimes feel like extra schoolwork for the child. Instead, try and be specific about what they are interested in, and explore that element further.

 

Sometimes finding out simple facts for young children can be a challenge, but resources like Busy Things have sourced and verified all the facts and figures you’ll need already.

 

Busy Things is offering free access to all our climate resources throughout Great Big Green Week, so take a look! See below for more details.

 

There are obviously books on climate change too, but again, be conscious that if left to read up on something alone, it can be demotivating for the child. Instead, read up on the subject area together as a joint project!

Encourage independent research

As many everyday decisions made in families have an impact on climate change, it’s easy to get children involved on a practical level. From what we eat to the energy, car and holidays we choose, all impact our family’s carbon footprint.

 

Keep environmental issues front of mind by mentioning them often and support your children if they initiate a positive change (even if they try it and revert back!)

 

An easy experiment to try if you have a smart meter is the energy consumption test. Start off with all your appliances on as usual, then turn some that are on unnecessarily, or on but in standby mode, off. How much does this reduce the energy you are using? You could even work out what you could save in a year if you’re really keen!

Play Tree World! Can you rebalance the climate?

Learning about the carbon cycle has just got a whole lot more interactive! It’s a simulator-style game, that really brings the environmental issues to life as you try create a balance of the needs the people, animal and plant life so that they can happily co-exist on the planet.

 

Perfect to play together to prompt discussions around the carbon cycle. Also ideal for children to play individually to learn about the effect of actions on the planet - who can get the best stats?

 

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NB: The best is yet to come!! Tree World is currently a beta game (i.e. we're still developing it) - we have so much planned to make it even more impactful! We'd love your input so please let us know if you have any ideas to improve and extend the learning points of the game. Email sally@busythings.co.uk with your feedback and suggestions!

Take advantage of FREE climate resources!

Throughout The Great Big Green Week (18th-26th Sept) families will have free access to ALL the new Busy Things climate resources!

 

Use our interactive resources to explore and discuss climate change topics with your children; global warming and its effects, rising sea levels, rainforest deforestation, energy sources, how communities around the world are affected by climate change and more!

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