How to teach the next generation about the climatic issues of today?

The conscientious actions of millenials and generation x will impact the lives of generation Z and Alpha. Therefore it is our duty to ensure that the Mother Nature is taken care of and the climatic changes are taken seriously. One of the ways to do so is by impact our knowledge to the next generation. Making them more aware about climatic conditions without scaring them.

Our little steps today can slow down or reverse the impact of global warming. Therefore the current generation at work is expected to not only hammer away to enhance the future but are also responsible for teaching the younger ones about how climate can essentially effect human lives.

You might wonder that there are so many factors affecting human lives currently in this world. From war to viruses to famine but we believe that weather conditions can add to all those difficulties we face as children of Mother Nature.

So to reduce the extent of damage done to humanity and its habitat, we should start worrying about the climatic changes today. The actions we take today carves our future, and the next generations need to be part of these efforts.

Here are some ways you can teach your students or children about the climatic issues of today! 

1.   Activities that involve observing and recording

Children are good are gaining information by observing and doing fun activities.

Experiments:

Do you remember the volcano experiment where you add food color, baking soda and vinegar to a volcano model?

The mixtures creates a lava explosion like froth. These scientific experiments may seem like a waste of time for the inexperienced. But in actuality the observing and recording method helps children learn new things within no time.

If your future generation to pick up about weather conditions quickly and effectively then you need to arrange a trip or conduct an experiment to help those tiny brain cells.

Here are some experiments you can do with children of age 5 and over:

  • v Lightening in the mouth
  • v Static make hair stand up
  • v Creating evaporation
  • v Make a rainbow

These experiments will teach the younger ones about the basic weather conditions. You can incorporate these experiments in their daily routine. Either at school or at home, this way they can understand how the weather works.

Weather charts

 You can get the older kids to make charts and graphs on the weather conditions. These graphs are purely based on observations made during the experiments. You also provide the kids with recording or measuring devices, under adult supervision.

These recording habits results your children or students in noticing the climatic changes and issues. With standard sets and the extraordinary recording will give birth to questions such as “Why is the temperature rising so abruptly?”

These questions are concerns of the naïve and open minded. This way you are training them to question the dangerous conditions.

2.   Provide real facts and figures

You don’t want to provide vague information to next generations. If you want them to understand how the conditions are affecting the livestock and human lives, then the information you provide shouldn’t be uncertain.

Real facts and numbers should be presented: for example, the polar bears are spending more time looking for water seals to due to the 14percent decrease in sea ice.

The global warming is melting these ice pieces which basically means that the polar bear has to swim further to find food. National Geographic has a documentary about this concerning reality. These documentaries and reports can become your basic resources of information.


The younger generation appreciate the truth and are enthusiastic to change the negative, due to their problem-solving characteristics, we can expect a change in the narrative today! All we have to do is teach them how the changes can be made.

3.   Common knowledge about weather, climate and their extremes

How old were you when you found out the difference between weather and climate? It can be challenging for those tiny brains to comprehend the meaning of weather and climate, this is why you should be able to start the children with the basics.

You begin with what weather is and what climate is, then move on to the disasters that occur due to changes in climate conditions.

This natural trail of explaining how global warming is destroying the earth will invite questions from the younger ones. To make them understand how things work, here is a little guide about how you can give them the basic information.

Weather:

The day to day change in atmosphere is known to be weather. The conditions can change within 24 hours as well for instance the weather can turn from rain to a sunny sky. These weather reports are provided to the general public known as weather forecast. The predictions are mostly accurate due to the help of equipment. Meteorologists make these predictions with the help of their knowledge of the area and meteorological instruments.

Climate:

Climate on the other hand are observations made over time, these are not day to day predictions. On the contrary the climate explains the weather patterns over a period of time of a particular region. Due to these careful readings, the changes of climate is taken pretty seriously. The span of time to study the weather of a region to become climate is 30 years or more.

For example the weather of Philadelphia may change every day but the overall climate of the region is cold. These climate changes are studied and observed for 30 years. With the observations we calculate the temperature rising in the region. Which can also be known as global warming!

Weather and climate extremes

The natural disaster that occur due to weather and climate conditions are known as their extremes. These conditions takes time to form and show its power, you must guide your students or children about these natures’ outbursts.

Hailstorm:

Hailstorms form when strong winds in a thunderstorm sends precipitation to the top of the storm clouds. The temperatures are below freezing create ice pellets to fall towards earth. 

Hurricane:

These are formed when strong storms are formed above tropical or subtropical waters. 

Tsunamis:

A huge sea wave envelopes anything in sight. These are formed due to earthquakes formed on the sea bed.

Sand storms:

These storms are formed during dry hazy weather, the strong winds carry the sand around a region destructing anything and everything.

These are some cool and clever ways we can encourage and inform the next generations of the climate changes and how we can change the narrative.

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