Tell Us: How Do You Teach Your Kids About Climate Change?


When I was in New Hampshire recently, I met Sarah Larson Dennen, a teacher at Moharimet Elementary School in Madbury. We were talking about something else entirely – the decline of New England’s sugar maple – but another part of our on-carmera interview has stuck with me ever since: how Sarah teaches her young students about climate change.

“Language is really key when you’re talking to kids,” Sarah explained. “I don’t use terms like ‘global warming‘. I use terms like ‘climate change’. And I try to back things up by really showing them data.”

“I look to see that these kids are care-takers of our whole natural world,” she said.

That got me thinking: how do you teach your kids about climate change? You don’t want to tell your kids the world is in uttter peril… right? But if they ask about climate change, what do you say?

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