Can We Talk?: Ways to Start a Climate Change Convo With Your Children

Climate change is a big subject to tackle, whether you’re a world leader or the leader of your family. But like any life lesson, just starting the conversation is key.

We posed this question to’s Lori Alper: How and where do you begin to talk to your kids about climate change? The good news is there are many places to start! We got to chat with Lori on AMHQ this morning about this:

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.32.05 PMLori suggests try doing little things at first to spark the big conversation. Explaining why loading up a dishwasher before you run a cycle is important can be an easy start! My favorite: get the kids in the garden or have them plant trees. Explain why that is good for us to do!

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.39 PMRight, my little one proudly shows off 2 bell peppers from our garden. He won’t eat them, but he loved learning about how they got here!

I suggest taking a look at what your child is studying in school. Sometimes the connection is there, waiting for us to make it or continue it further.

For example, my son’s class has adopted a creek this year. From how flow changes with rainfall to runoff’s effect on its water quality, this one is a no-brainer climate change convo-starter! And look at one of his projects: our trip to Ruby Falls over fall break! He got to talk about where the falls originated from, and I got to talk to him about the importance of ALL water sources.


Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 9.33.47 PMIf you’d like more ideas and/or another climate resource, link to Lori at

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We’re always looking for great ideas from great mom bloggers (and dad bloggers, too!). Don’t hesitate to comment here or, better yet, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.


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