How to Make an Eco-Friendly Hero Board With Your Kids!

Washington (GGM) Analysis | September 1, 2020 by Sarah J. Kings

Most parents would like their children to become happy and healthy adults. As an eco-conscious parent, you are also aware of the need to provide a safe and viable environment for your children as they grow up. With this in mind, you have been recycling, upcycling, and teaching your children habits that reduce waste. You might be noticing that with talks of the climate crisis all around them, your children might be expressing feelings of being overwhelmed. Afterall, this is a massive issue, and it may leave your young one feeling like it is too big to tackle. Making a Hero Board composed of positive role models who are making headway in combating this crisis is an excellent way to assuage anxious feelings in your child.

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First get out a dry erase board or a chalkboard and some chalk.  Next, give your child a list of five to ten people to research in a virtual scavenger hunt.  These people should all be worthy of being called a Hero for Mother Nature.  Ask your child to come up with an eco-friendly fact about each person on the list.  Once your child has discovered one thing that each of these individuals is doing for the environment, have a discussion with them.  Allow them to explain what they found out, and talk about which people are the most inspiring. Ask your child to pick their top three favorite people from the list, and give them some time to do some more research.  On the chalkboard, your child can draw an image of their top three heroes, write down inspirational quotes, and jot down some interesting things that those people are doing to improve the health of the environment. 

Here is a list of 10 people you can use to get this process rolling.

Lise King – Executive Director of United Nations Global Impact 

Leonardo DiCaprio – Actor, producer, and activist

Greta Thunberg – Child activist and leader in climate change 

Jane Fonda – Actress and activist

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – United States Congresswoman 

Sean Mendes – Singer and environmentalist

Natalie Portman – Actress, Producer, and activist

Jane Goodall – Research Scientist and activist

Bernie Sanders – Vermont Senator 

Dr. Gavin Schmidt– Climate Scientist at NASA

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For even more fun, use your driveway and some sidewalk chalk, instead of a chalkboard. This activity will give your child the chance to do a little research about all the positive things that are being done to help Mother Earth. It will give you a chance to bond with your child over this important issue. It will also encourage them on their journey, and remind them that they are not alone in their efforts to combat the climate crisis. 

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How to Talk with Your Kids About Climate Crisis

Washington (GGM) Analysis | August 11, 2020 by Sarah J. Kings

It is undeniable, climate change is here, and it poses very serious challenges for the world’s population.  There are weather changes, health implications, and economic impacts of this complex crisis. If you’re a pro-planet parent, you may be struggling with how to talk to your children about these issues. After all, this topic can be overwhelming and even depressing for adults.  It is hard to know what is too little and what is too much in regards to engaging your children on this subject.

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First, you must remember that this isn’t your childhood.  Information isn’t only delineated from your parents, your teacher, and a neighborhood no it all.  Kids have access to information- whether accurate or not- at the touch of their fingertips.  Chances are, your child has already done some research on this topic using their tablet or smartphone.  This is why your first step in broaching this topic should be to find out what your child already knows– or what they think they know– about climate change.  Be sure to talk to them about vetting resources and how to fact check, so that they won’t be misled. Explain why the Environmental Defence Fund, EDF, or the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA are reliable resources, while Facebook or Instagram may not be.

If your kids are too young to navigate the EDF or EPA, maybe let them know that you can be their resource for information until they are a bit older.

After finding out what your child already knows, and empowering them with the ability to find reliable information, gauge their feelings.  This can be a scary subject, and your child may have some really tough emotions to work through.  Let them know that you are here for them and that they are not alone.  Tell them that there are agencies all over the planet working tirelessly to solve this problem.

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Remind them that the climate crisis is a man-made problem, and there will eventually be a man-made solution.  Explain that every choice they make can be a choice to help save Mother Nature.  Encourage your child to conserve energy, consume less, and re-use or re-purpose items whenever possible.  Every time you or your child turns off a light when they leave a room, or drops a can into the recycling bin, congratulate them!  Make them a part of your eco-friendly routines, and most importantly, ask them how they would like to help.

By merely speaking to your children about the climate crisis, you are preparing the next generation for what’s to come.  Who knows, you may be raising the next Greta Thunburg or Jane Goodall.

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Tl;dr

  • There are weather changes, health implications, and economic impacts of this complex crisis
  • Talking to your children about these issues can be tough
  • Chances are, your child has already done some research on this topic using their tablet or smartphone
  • Find out what your child already knows– or what they think they know– about climate change
  • Talk to them about vetting resources and how to fact check
  • The Environmental Defence Fund, EDF, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA are reliable resources
  • Gauge their feelings
  • Remind them that they are not alone: there are agencies all over the planet working tirelessly to solve this problem
  • Encourage your child to conserve energy, consume less, and re-use or re-purpose items whenever possible
  • Make them a part of your eco-friendly routines, and most importantly, ask them how they would like to help

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