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? How does climate change affect the planet?
How do we feel about that?
- Who recycles in their house? Do you know why it is 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.
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 (impacting our 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?