March 2012 Archives

Educating Children about Global Climate Change

A quick assemblage of resources for children and teens

...News about teaching kids about global climate change...

Posting in MotherJones.

...Specific sites and videos for kids .... Build-A-Bear Global warming is real 1/3

2012-03-11_1814.png Build-A-Bear  2 of 3  Build-A-Bear Under North Star 3/ 3   Spongebob Squarepants and global warming   Enthusiastic animation

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....Children's Books....

The Glaciers are Melting

The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge  by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

The Polar Bears' Home: A Story About Global Warming (Little Green Books) by Lara Bergen and Vincent Nguyen Gary Braasch and Lynne Cherry

How We Know What We Know about Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming

Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming (Let's-Read-and-Find... Science 2) by Anne Rockwell and Paul Meisel

What are Global Warming and Climate Change?: Answers for Young Readers (Worlds of Wonder)

....Youth and teens....

Climate 101 Bill Nye the Science Guy says it in 4 mins.

NPR's Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd in this superb 5 part animated cartoon series

on the atom at the heart of global warming: carbon

...Youth Activism...

Teen ager Alec Loorz,

Youth Activists Unite! Empowering you to lead the Green Revolution

Youth leaders from the movement to stop global warming and to build a more just and sustainable future

Youths involved in global climate change activism & the UNFCCC negotiation process use online media as their key communication and organisation tool.  and

World Kids News December 2010 bulletin:  Climate Change at COP 16 in Mexico

Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College - illustrates the impacts of global warming in the Arctic and encourages young people to enroll in the college.

....Lists of other Resources....  

US Geological Survey - Science for a changing world

USGS Science Resources for Primary Grades (K-6)

USGS Educational Resources for Secondary Grades (7-12)

USGS Science Resources for Undergraduate Education

....Parents and facilitators guides....

How to Teach Your Children About Climate Change -- Without Scaring Them

DVD:  Simon Says "Let's Stop Climate Change!"


Video: Talking to your kids about Climate Change:

1. Be Honest

2. Actions Speak Louder then Words

3.. Don't be Afraid

Kids to Feds: See You In Court

Emergencies and children all purpose site from the Red Cross

....Teachers curricula....

Teachers' Guide to High Quality Educational Materials on Climate Change and Global Warming

Portal Web Site Dedicated to: Global Warming Education

Climate Change Science Education

Science, Solutions

Directory of Vetted Resources & Programs

Red Cross emergency worker training

....Scholarly papers....

Climate of Concern - A Search for Effective Strategies for Teaching Children about Global Warming

Taber & Taylor

This study was also concerned with the 'worry factor' that children identified and it appeared that while more children felt they could have a positive influence over global warming by the conclusion of the study, participants also stated that increased awareness had resulted in increased concern. However, this need not be viewed as a negative. Increased concern, when tempered with good knowledge levels and a belief that change is possible, may lead to high levels of motivation. Jensen and Schnack (1997) argue that even before teaching intervention children may already be worried, so explicit teaching about this issue may actually bring these concerns out into the open where they can be dealt with constructively. Furthermore, teaching environmental education with an action component as recommended by Jensen (2002), can help give students a sense of empowerment and reduce feelings of paralysis, but this often requires a supportive school community, a suitable project and sufficient time for students to see the results of their work.  Similarly, attitude is likely to be highly influenced by factors such as peers, media and family. Any change in attitude or behaviour was self-reported and unsubstantiated and as such, must remain an indication only. However, it can be argued that an increased understanding about the issue of global warming can allow children to make more informed choices, especially within the ever growing field of 'green consumerism'. Even at the age of 11 or 12, children are consumers and as Strong (1998) discovered, they hold considerable influence over what their parents purchase. It is possible that the knowledge gained during this study may allow children to participate constructively in decisions that may affect their families' ecological footprint.

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