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How and When to Talk to a Child about Climate Change

The Climate Reality Project

Even as an adult, climate change is a lot to wrap your head around. And talking about the issue with kids? That can feel impossible.

But kids today will face the challenges of a warming world head-on. They have a right to understand the realities of the climate crisis and what it means for them. As parents, guardians, and caregivers, we have a responsibility to provide that knowledge as best we can.

That’s why, for Universal Children’s Day, the folks at The Climate Reality Project released a free new e-book that offers some background and tips on where to start: Beginning the Climate Conversation: A Family’s Guide.

Beginning the Climate Conversation: A Family’s Guide will help you talk to your kids about the climate crisis by:

  • Providing tips on when and how to start the conversation.
  • Suggesting what information to share with children of different ages and interests.
  • Giving you an interactive quiz (from NatGeo Kids!) to help engage your little ones.
  • Offering suggestions for moving the conversation from the dangers of climate change to things they can do to help make a difference.

Download the free guide at to get science-supported tools, tips and tricks on how to talk about climate change with your children — it’s never too early or too late to start! You can also contact

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