Earlier this month the United Nation’s Scientific Panel on Climate Change published an alarming report about the consequences of global warming. Over 90 scientists found that we will be facing a climate crisis as early as 2040, with drastic effects at even a small rise in temperature. Amidst these dire warnings, how are we supposed to talk to kids about the future without overwhelming them?
“Veteran science writer Cherry and award-winning photographer Braasch team up to make climate change less frightening by showing children how to empower themselves as “citizen scientists.” – ALA Booklist
Each two-page spread of the book How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate guides readers through the scientific studies that led to the discovery of global warming and then gives a sampling of the ways that scientists and students from around the world are making positive impacts.
If you want to dive deeper, there are plenty of free resources on the web. Here is just a small sampling:
- Check out our extensive lesson plans in connection with the book, How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate
- Browse Project Learning Tree’s list of 12 Videos to Help Us Understand Climate Change
- Visit The Rainforest Alliance’s article about tips for talking to younger kids (with some great ideas about taking action)
A rigorous national study found that more than half of science teachers are unaware that there is a scientific consensus that global warming is human-caused (over 80% of scientists agree). It’s time to change that!