There’s much alarmist hand-wringing in this article at the UK’s Guardian over how to talk to children about climate change with out terrifying the little crumb-crunchers to death. It’s titled, ‘Why don’t we stop hurting the planet?’, with the sub-head: Telling our children about climate change could leave them angry, worried or even traumatised. So when and how should we do it, asks Leo Hickman.
Why not tell kids the truth, including the inconvenient truth? Why not put it in context that kids can relate with?
My daughter was born in 1998. When I told her that 1998 was indeed a warm year, but that the earth has cooled since her birth, she replied:
“Well, what’s everybody so worried about!”
She had no clue that the earth had been cooling for that long. Kids today are exposed to the alarmist message of melting ice caps, drowning polar bears, Category 11 hurricanes, and what they take away from that is that the earth is constantly getting hotter, every day, every week, and every year – non-stop.
The alarmists in their classrooms and on the TV don’t bother to tell them that the earth has cooled for eleven years – because it might cause them to check their premises. Which might cause them to change their mind. And we can’t have that, can we?
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