Kids can teach parents about climate change

Who will climate deniers listen to? In some cases, their kids are helping to educate them about the science. With a well-designed but non-threatening lesson plan, teachers can teach the parents. One experimental study showed promising results.

The experimental curriculum consisted of four class activities teaching students about the difference between weather and climate and how climate change impacts the species around them. They then participated in a relevant local community project. This experience was designed to fulfill education standards but also to be similar to other lesson plans in which novel experiences have been shown to get kids talking at home, resulting in parental attitude changes. To that end, the kids were also given an assignment to interview their parents about their perceptions of changes in the local weather.


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