by Taetske | 4:50 pm
(Last Updated On: November 21, 2018)

Make your child understand Climate Change

 

I have written a couple of posts on Global Warming and the effect it has on our climate. We are already experiencing climate change and slowly but surely a lot of people are waking up to this fact.

The ice is melting and changing the habitat of a lot of animals. The melting of the ice releases some not so nice surprises. Bacteria and viruses which have been frozen and dormant for millennia are suddenly set free. Methane is bubbling up from lakes close to the arctic circle posing a more rapid increase in greenhouse gases causing more global warming.

 

the last ice

The last Ice

 

How the weather is changing

Somewhere else in our world, islands get flooded because of rising water levels and the people who lived there for many generations have no option but to leave. Extreme weather conditions can be observed worldwide. From more devastating hurricanes and typhoons to massive forest fires in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. Wherever you look our so-called nice climate seems to be disappearing, going from one extreme to the other.

 

upholading the earth by caring for the environment

Upholding the Earth by caring for the Environment

 

We have a responsibility to take care of the planet

We, grown-ups, are watching and trying to cope,  hoping there would be solutions to at least mitigate these extremes, but it seems that adults cannot agree on taking global action. Too many interests interfere and it is obvious with our passivity, we will not get anywhere like this. The consequences for this passivity will cost us all dearly.

What will we leave for future generations? Will we leave a dead and suffocating environment? How will future generations think about us, their ancestors?

The small children will be grown-ups in 20 to 30 years and will wish to form their own families. Will they be able to do this?

 

2 small boys reading a book

2 Small Boys reading a Book

 

Information from Sierraclub.org

Recently I came across a newsletter from Sierraclub.org which made me think about this. The children of our times hear the words Global Warming and Climate Change constantly in the conversations of their parents and other family members. On TV, it is also often mentioned and it is very possible their imagination is awoken and they want to know more about all of this. It is not too easy for parents to explain this difficult and multifaceted issue. Luckily a lot of good books, apt for different age groups have come on the market.

 

statue of jules verne in nantes, mother reading to son

Statue of Jules Verne in Nantes, Mother reading to son.

 

By reading you learn

You might choose to read these books to your child. I remember when I was young my Mother used to read a lot to me and that cultivated my love for books. It is so cozy to curl up on the sofa and read to your child. There are also some books geared to older children that they might want to read themselves.  I will present a short list of books which might aid a child in understanding this difficult topic.

 

Have a look at this nice collection of books suitable for different ages

Ages 3-7

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler.

It shows little children that you can do something on a personal level, like planting flower seeds in your garden. It tells about urban expansion putting in peril a flower and a backhoe trying to avoid this.

 

 

Ages 4-8

The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

Does your child like the seas? If yes it will have heard about the coral reefs and that they are dying. In this book you will find a strong message, there is still hope as The Coral Restoration Foundation is working on the conservation of the reef.

 

 

Ages 5-6

Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser

This book is illustrated with exquisite cut-paper collages. The writer shows its young readers how the polar bears are struggling to survive because of climate change.

 

 

Ages-6-10

Icebergs and Glaciers by Seymour Simon

The writer explains the melting of Iceland’s ice sheets and that there are countries which contemplate the use of icebergs as sources of fresh water as they are lacking rain. The melting of the ice is causing cities and towns to flood. In this book, you will find photos of places which will disappear in time.

 

 

Ages 7 and more

Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup

Using lovely landscape paintings to illustrate the sun showers and ocean fog, some poetic language to then continue on a factual tone explaining the ways of the rain, snow, and storms and their role in the increase of temperatures.

 

 

Ages 8-12

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

The leaking of Methane because of fracking is one of the factors which intensify climate change. This story is about a girl who lives in a depressed rural area where the fracking company promises jobs but at the same time causes water pollution, destroying ecosystems and can even break relationships.

 

 

Ages 9-13

Rising Seas by Keltie Thomas

This is not a book with cheerful prognoses, it tells about the rising temperatures around the globe. From places like Miami to Kiribati to Antarctica, the water level rises. This book offers 10 ways to make a difference and most teens could feel inspired.

 

 

Ages 10 and more

When the Sky Breaks by Simon Winchester

The writer explains why monster storms like Hurricane Sandy and the Cyclone Tracy form part of the global warming process. It calls for action as human behavior worsens those storms and all the other following up consequences. This is a book for those children who want an understandable scientific explanation to it all.

 

 

Ages 6-10

A place for Turtles. by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond.

What we do has an effect on the lives of bats, butterflies, frogs, fish, birds, and turtles. It explains why we should protect the ecosystem as they are disappearing due to rising temperatures.

 

 

Ages 7-14

The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill

This is the biography of wolf hunter Ernest Thomson Seton. Then came the point in his life which brought on a change of heart about wild animals and the environment. Later on, he became the co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2013 the organization mandated that its Eagle members earn sustainability badges – a reminder of human contributions to climate change.

 

 

Ages 8-12

The Global Warming Express by Marina Weber, illustrated by Joanna Whysner.

This is a fantasy story about a group of animals which are alarmed by climate change and want to fight it. It sends a message to the young readers: If they can do it, so can you. The nine-year-old founders of Global Warming Express illustrated this tale.

 

 

Conclusion

Here are some lovely books to read from if your child is still small. For older children, they are the perfect gift for the coming holidays. Our future generation has a right to be informed about what is happening in our world as it will be their world in the future. So buy some books for the children so they can be informed and will see their world with different eyes.

 

Source: Lela Nargi, Aug 27, 2018, for SierraClub.org

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Here you can read about things which are released when ice melts.

Global Warming: some unsettling Happenings in our World

 

Comments

David

Great article with an important message. We have a responsibility to educate and guide our future generations. If we don’t, then the future looks very bleak. Unfortunately, politics often gets in the way of doing anything about environmental issues, so the more people evangelise the problems, the better.

Some great books to read there and I will be certain to share that information with others.

Keep up the good work!

Nov 21.2018 | 04:17 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon David,

    You are right, politicians often make decisions which do not benefit our planet and neither reflect the majority of the people. 

    That is a nice idea to share this post with other people. Christmas is around the corner and a good book is a sensible gift I think.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 21.2018 | 05:19 pm

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