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Climate Change For Kids

Global Warming Facts For Kids and How To Make A Difference In Climate Change As A Family

By Andrea Dillon
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Are you homeschoolers interested in weather, climate, and saving the planet? Are you ready to help your children learn about global changes and how to be a part of the change to help it? Get resources, ideas, and more on educating your homeschoolers on climate change below. 

What Is Climate? What Is Climate Change? Is Global Warming Climate Change? 
Climate Change Activities And Experiments  Books About Climate Change  How To Make A Difference In Climate Change 


What Is Climate? 

Before discussing climate change and how to make a difference, we need to learn what climate is and how it differs from our daily weather



Weather And Climate | NASA Climate Kids
“Weather is a specific event—like a rainstorm or hot day—that happens over a few hours, days or weeks. Climate is the average weather conditions in a place over 30 years or more. NASA has observed that Earth’s climate is getting warmer.”


Climate | Ducksters
“What is climate? Climate is the average measurements of temperature, wind, humidity, snow, and rain in a place over the course of years.”



What Is Climate Change? 

So now you know more about climate and how it differs from the weather but what is climate change? What does that mean, and why is it bad? 


Global Climate Change | NASA
Global climate is the average climate over the entire planet. The reason scientists and many other folks are concerned is that Earth’s global climate is changing. The planet is warming up fast—faster than at any other time scientists know about from their studies of Earth’s history.”



A Climate Change Guide for Kids | The New York Times
“A guide for kids, and everyone else, about climate change — and what we can do about it. “


Your Guide to Talking With Kids of All Ages About Climate Change | NRDC
“Tips for discussing the basic facts, answering tough questions, and helping your kids cope with climate anxiety—even when you, too, are feeling overwhelmed.”  

Is Global Warming Climate Change? 

What about global warming? We hear a lot about global warming but is that climate change? How is it related? Learn global warming facts for kids and more with the resources below. 

What’s the difference between climate change and global warming? | NASA
“The terms “global warming” and “climate change” are sometimes used interchangeably, but “global warming” is only one aspect of climate change.”

Global Warming | Ducksters
“Kids learn about global warming and changes in the Earth’s climate. What are some causes? Teach greenhouse gases and carbon footprint.”

Climate Change Activities And Experiments 

Take the learning to the next level with some hands-on activities and experiments about climate change. 


15 Meaningful and Hands-On Climate Change Activities For Kids | We Are Teachers 
“How to teach about our changing planet.”


Carbon City Zero: World Edition (Free Download) 
“Carbon City Zero: World Edition is a new edition of the climate action game Carbon City Zero. This edition is a collaborative deck-building game for 1-4 people (aged 8+), in which players develop a sustainable city by greening transport, transforming industries, getting citizens on board, and showing world leaders how it’s done. Each player starts with an identical deck, buying additional cards from a shared marketplace to create a more sustainable city. But you need to negotiate, working together with cities around the world. Balancing the need to generate income with reducing carbon, players can follow numerous paths to victory, but collaboration is key. You’ll need to bring together governments, industries, and the public. And if you can’t bring carbon levels to zero before it’s too late – we all lose. The stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Climate Kids Experiments and Activities | NASA

Climate change activities for you and your children. 


The Greenhouse Effect Experiment | STEAM Powered Family 
“When it comes to our environment, it is so important that our children learn about the effects of climate change. One way we can start to educate them on environmental sciences is through a simple science experiment that creates the Greenhouse Effect in a jar.”  

Books About Climate Change 

Add climate change lessons to your reading time! Check out these books for all ages to help you address the subject while enjoying reading together. 

 The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge 

“Like it or not, global warming is a hot topic that will affect the younger generation more than anyone. So why not turn to the teacher kids love most, Ms. Frizzle! Only the Friz can boil all the hoopla down to the scientific facts in a fun and informative way. With trademark simplicity and wit, Joanna Cole explains why the earth is getting warmer, and Bruce Degen’s bright, action-filled illustrations make the science easy to understand and fun to learn. This team brings a new, improved understanding to climate change, engaging kids and empowering all. Teachers will cheer!”


What Is Climate Change? 

“The earth is definitely getting warmer. There’s no argument about that, but who or what is the cause? And why has climate change become a political issue? Are humans at fault? Is this just a natural development? While the vast majority of scientists who study the environment agree that humans play a large part in climate change, there is a counterargument. Author Gail Herman presents both sides of the debate in this fact-based, fair-minded, and well-researched book that looks at the subject from many perspectives, including scientific, social, and political.”


What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet

“In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad and the incredibly innovative. From pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.”




The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults): How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here 

“This young adult adaptation of acclaimed geochemist and geobiologist Hope Jahren’s highly respected nonfiction work is the perfect book for those interested in learning about climate change and how they can contribute to creating a more sustainable future.”



The Story of Climate Change: A first book about how we can help save our planet

“Combining history with science, this book charts the changes in our Earth’s climate, from the beginnings of the planet and its atmosphere, to the Industrial revolution and the dawn of machinery. You’ll learn all about the causes of climate change, such as factory farming and pollution, and the effects that climate change has on humans and animals across the world.”



Old Enough to Save the Planet

“The world is facing a climate crisis like we’ve never seen before. And kids around the world are stepping up to raise awareness and try to save the planet. As people saw in the youth climate strike in September 2019, kids will not stay silent about this subject—they’re going to make a change. Meet 12 young activists from around the world who are speaking out and taking action against climate change. Learn about the work they do and the challenges they face, and discover how the future of our planet starts with each and every one of us.”



How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other

“Full of empowering stories of young leaders all over the world, this information-packed book from award-winning journalist and one of the foremost voices for climate justice, Naomi Klein, offers young readers a comprehensive look at the state of the climate today and how we got here, while also providing the tools they need to join this fight to protect and reshape the planet they will inherit.”



Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World

“Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives youth an eye-popping view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change. Photographs juxtapose the present-day with that same area’s projected future. The shocking images will help them understand the urgency for action. Key issues in today’s news will be better understood, such as the 2015 Paris Protocol in which the world agreed to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius (ideally 1.5 degree).”



All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

“All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society.”  


How To Make A Difference In Climate Change 

Ready to take action? Learn ways to help take a stand and make a difference in climate change.


13 Ways To Save The Earth From Climate Change | National Geographic For Kids 

“We know you love watching videos on your phone. But modern activities— such as plugging in devices, driving cars, and cooling homes—often rely on energy sources such as natural gas, oil, and coal. Those energy sources release a gas called carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. When CO2 and other greenhouse gases trap heat that would otherwise escape Earth’s atmosphere, the planet’s temperature rises. That’s called global warming, which causes climate change.”


What Can We Do To Help? | NASA 

Get ideas on how to help combat climate change. 


You asked: What can I do as a teenager to stop climate change? | The Washington Post

“This month’s Climate Curious explores the topic of youth empowerment — and explains why seemingly small individual actions can lead to systemic change.” 


Get more activism ideas here


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