Talking about climate change with children

Why we need to talk to children about climate change

This short video from the BBC with climate psychologist Caroline Hickman explores how children are experiencing climate change, and how we can respond to their concerns.

How to talk to children about climate change

In this research-based blog local climate communicator and mother Mim Saxl explains how we can engage with children “in a way that is honest, but also safe and empowering”. The blog includes lots of useful tips, resources and links.

Help, I don’t know enough!

Talking to children can be off-putting if you don’t feel you have fully understood climate change yourself. Use this short factfile about why climate change is happening and what we can do about it. Older children can read it themselves and you can work though it with younger kids.

Looking after ourselves

When kids ask for a conversation about climate change, sometimes we wonder if we’ll be able to manage it because we might be feeling anxious ourselves. Climate cafés can help with this: they are simple facilitated spaces to share responses to the climate crisis.

Taking action helps

It is really important that our children see that we are taking climate change seriously by acting ourselves as much as we can. If you’re looking to find a way to take action locally, visit the Community Action Group (CAG) Oxfordshire website to find your local climate community group.