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How to Talk to Kids About Climate Change

How to Talk to Kids About Climate Change

As our planet gets hotter, weather patterns grow more severe, sea levels rise and wildfires become bigger and more frequent, answering children’s questions about the future can be a daunting task. Kids know that the world is changing, and understandably have fears about what life will be like. So, what can parents do?

Heather Goldstone remembers the moment clearly. Her sons were ages 5, 7 and 9, and slept in the same bedroom in their house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. One night, as she was tucking them all in, when her middle son spoke up.

"He said, 'Mama, I learned today Cape Cod won't be here in the future because of climate change and it's just not fair,'" she recalled. "Well, that was news to his younger brother, and my oldest already had a highly developed sense of righteous indignation. So within a few minutes, all three were in tears."

For any parent or caregiver, answering children's questions about the future can be a daunting task as our planet gets hotter, weather patterns grow more severe, sea levels rise and wildfires become bigger and more frequent. Kids know that their futures will be in an altered climate, and understandably have fears about what life will be like. So, what can parents do?

Luckily, there are a lot of experts who are parents themselves who can help. Here are some of their tips

Recognize Worries, Focus on Action and Stay Positive

As a climate change expert, chief communications officer of the Woodwell Climate Research Center, and previously host of the science-focused radio show, "Living Lab Radio," as well as a writer for Climatide, a blog about coastal communities facing climate change, Goldstone was ahead of the game when her kids started crying

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