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How to Explain Global Warming to Children

There are indisputable facts, and there are embellished facts for children. Many adults don’t know how to talk about global warming with young children. When words are lacking, then the right gestures must be passed on because they often explain better than words.

After years of neglect and opulence, we are living in a world of transition where ecology is now taking an important place. Our children will be the first generation to suffer the consequences of our actions. As such, they need to know and understand what global warming is and what it does. Here is how to talk to them about the ecological emergency.

Don’t scare them, but make them understand the magnitude of things.

Are they aware of the current situation? How do they live it?

Fires are blazing all over the planet; drought is getting more intense every summer; storms are becoming more and more numerous; icebergs are melting in plain sight… Children see it and suffer from it too.

Talking about the end of the world or the extinction of the human race does not make sense. Indeed, to make a child panic will only frighten him and probably make him do nothing. On the contrary, explaining that there are simple steps to take is essential. The ones you already practice in your daily life, for example. Please explain why you sort your waste, why there is so much plastic in the ocean, why it is crucial to avoid single-use plastic, etc.

Books to help parents find the right words

Some parents think that children are too young to understand the importance of global warming. On the contrary, they will be the first to be concerned and must understand the situation’s stakes very early on.

Far from demonizing things, global warming is explained with accurate and straightforward words. Hearing about disasters all the time can also quickly worry children in the wrong way. Positive communication is the key. They respond better to a message, even if it is disturbing when explained with plenty of solutions.

How will you do this?

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Tell a story. Ideally, this is the best way to capture their attention and help them put together the puzzle between real life and fiction. For example, you can start by explaining to children the importance of ecosystems. The fact that even though they are different, they work together to create a real balance.

Older kids tend to take it to the next level by directly asking the question, “What is global warming? “. To illustrate, tell them that the Earth is sick and has a fever. So is he when he is in the same situation. The planet has a temperature, so it is scorching; this is called global warming.

It’s a safe bet that the next question will be, “Why?” Again, the answer is to explain that it’s mostly our fault because our lives generate too many greenhouse gases. You won’t have to do a monologue. Children understand very well and often lead the questioning. You have to find stories and metaphors to picture things in their minds.

Reassure children, but make them aware that their behavior is important.

After painting a rather bleak picture of the situation, it’s time to explain that they have a role to play in remedying this and healing the planet.

They also must be reassured that adults and children worldwide are working together to improve things and protect the planet. There are things we can do on our own and things that need to be done on a more significant level.

Drawings to express their feelings

Many children express their thoughts and feelings through drawings. It is, therefore, essential to let them express themselves through this medium.

Remember to set a good example.

Children adore their parents and often take them as an example. In this sense, show them the model to become a superhero of the planet. Sort, compost, limit car trips, pick up paper from the ground, buy less plastic, etc.

What Can You Do To Prevent Global Warming from Getting Worse?

Global warming is a real and urgent problem. We don’t have to wait for the government to develop a solution. Each of us can make a decisive contribution to this problem by practicing a responsible lifestyle in small, everyday ways. This is the only sensible way to save the planet before it is too late.

Most of these ideas cost nothing; others require a little effort and investment but can save you a lot of money in the medium to long term (and not just thanks to eco-friendly incentives).

Replacing Incandescent Bulbs With Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs consume 60% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs. Replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-saving bulbs would result in 136 kg of CO2 being released into the atmosphere annually. Furthermore, some companies distribute energy-saving light bulbs free of charge due to government incentives.

Raise the Thermostat by 2 Degrees in the Summer and Lower It by 2 Degrees in the Winter

Almost half of the energy we use in our homes is used for heating and cooling. We can reduce nearly one ton of CO2 per year with this little effort.

Don’t Leave Electrical Appliances on Standby

Use the off button on electrical appliances; a TV that is turned on for 3 hours a day (the average time a European spends in front of the TV) and left in standby mode for the remaining 21 hours consumes about 40% of its energy in standby mode.

Unplug Chargers

The electrical transformers in many devices, such as modems and cell phone chargers, remain on and provide power even when the device is turned off or unplugged. Each of these transformers consumes 1-5 watts, so if there are 12 transformers in a house, simply unplugging them when not needed will save 40 euros a year in electricity costs.

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Wrap an Insulating Cloth Around the Boiler

This one step can save half a ton of CO2; setting the temperature below 50 degrees Celsius can save an additional 250 kg of CO2 per year.

Double-glazed Windows

This requires a small initial investment, but it will pay for itself in the long run as the house will be warmer with the same energy. Consider that you can save up to 70% energy.

Defrost Old Refrigerators and Freezers Regularly

Defrosted refrigerators and freezers are more energy efficient. If you can replace them, even better. Newer refrigerators have an automatic defrost cycle and are about twice as efficient as earlier models.

Cover Pots and Pans When Cooking

By doing so, the food will reach the required temperature faster, saving energy in meal preparation. Pressure cookers are even more efficient and can save up to 70%.

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Use Appliances During Non-peak Hours

Electricity bills are lower on holidays and during the evening and night because demand is lower. Electricity is a commodity that must be produced and consumed, so when consumption is high, prices will rise. Many power plants are needed to absorb the peaks, but the better the demand is distributed over time, the fewer power plants will be needed.

Take a Shower Instead of a Bath

The amount of water needed for a shower is about a quarter of that needed for a bath, and it also requires energy to heat the water. By installing an energy-saving shower diffuser, you can save energy and precious water.

Recycling of Organic Wastes

About 3% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the decomposition of biodegradable waste. Recycling organic materials (or composting if you have a garden) can help alleviate this problem. Composting will release methane and foul odors, be sure to compost correctly with enough oxygen.

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