Education Now How We Talk About Climate Change with Kids Strategies for how adults can be thinking and talking about climate to and around children Posted March 8, 2023 By News editor Climate Change and Education Education Policy The results of a new survey from the Aspen Institute suggest that concerns for children could unify and inspire more Americans to confront the climate crisis. But for many parents and caregivers, talking about climate change with children — especially if they themselves are anxious about it — is a challenge. We’ll offer strategies for how adults can be thinking and talking about climate, and we’ll look at how the children’s media landscape is reflecting climate issues, and what we can learn from young people and their mobilization on this issue.Guests:Anya Kamenetz, author and journalist; senior adviser, Aspen Institute, This Is Planet EdAzucena "Zuzu" Qadeer, student at Beacon High School, NYC and organizer with TREEageHost:Laura Schifter, lecturer on education, HGSE; senior fellow, Aspen Institute, This Is Planet EdKey takeaways:Share hopeful and action-oriented messages with children rather than doom-and-gloom talk.Climate change is solvable. Parents can help young people understand that climate change is happening and that there is something we can do about it.Individual and collective action is needed. We can learn from young activists about how to model this.Read more about the Education Now broadcast in the Harvard Gazette.Resources:Think of the Children: The Young and Future Generations Drive U.S. Climate Concern (This Is Planet Ed)How Concern For Children Could Unify Americans On Climate (Aspen Institute)How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change (U.S. News & World Report)My Climate Moment (Harvard Ed. Magazine)TreeageWhy We Can’t Solve the Climate Crisis without Schools — and Teachers (Los Angeles Times) Education Now A webinar and newsletter series to shape new approaches to challenges in education Explore All Articles Related Articles Ed. Magazine My Climate Moment How paralyzing sadness over the state of the environment turned to a new education focus. Askwith Education Forum How K-12 Schools Can Take Action on Climate Change A discussion on how schools and educators can help prepare young people to envision and work toward a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable society. Usable Knowledge Why Schools Need to Look at Their Own Carbon Footprint A new climate plan reveals the surprising impact K–12 schools have on the environment and what they can do to be more green.