Climate Literacy Questions

For Younger Kids:

  • Who in the classroom knows what climate change is?
  • Why should we care about our environment and the planet? What happens if we have more and more fires and other natural disasters? How do we feel about that?
  • Who recycles in their house? Do you know why it’s good to recycle?
  • Does anyone bring a reusable water bottle to school? How does plastic connect to our oceans? Explain why.
  • Do you or your parents take public transportation to school/work? (A bus, a train, etc) – Explain why this is good for the planet. Use the example of carpooling with kids, to show how driving together is better for the planet.
  • What do you typically eat at home? Is anyone a vegetarian? Can you explain why someone would make that decision?
  • Do you know which foods and ingredients are native to your area? Then, explore CIAT’s interactive, global map and read NPR’s piece on the study here.

For Older kids:

  • What would you say is the most critical climate issue? Why?
  • What topic related to the climate and our environment are you most passionate about? Why?
  • What do you think are the greatest barriers to protecting our planet? Who do you think is responsible?
  • How could YOU better practice sustainable living in your everyday life?
  • Introduce an example of how climate change can intersect with ALL jobs and ALL lives (effects are food, water, weather)
  • What can our families do to be more “green”? How can you bring up this conversation at home? Can you explain what regenerative living is? (Or guess if not!) How can you apply regenerative thinking to various aspects of your life and our society?
  • What does intersectional environmentalism mean? How does this affect you?

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