Children and Youth

Why Children and the youth?

Educating children and the youth about climate change is crucial to promote climate action in these young ones since they are the future custodians of this mother planet we call earth. It helps them understand and address the impacts of the climate crisis the world is facing now, empowering them with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to act as agents of change.

Lessons that will help the children understand the impact of their carbon footprint and ways they can reduce it with simple actions.

Lesson 1: 

Carbon footprint calculation

One of the simplest ways to introduce carbon footprints to children is to give them a concreate way to interact with the concept whereby children for example are challenged to examine their transportation and eating habits, school and home electricity use and what they recycle and throw away.

During computer time, allow kids to input their habits in each of these categories and see what they come up with. It is advisable to walk students through using the calculator the first time they do it, accompanying each step with explanatory statements. After they’ve calculated their footprint, invite them to try again, this time modifying one category at a time to see how they could most easily reduce their number.

 “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall