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4 Big Questions about Saving the Planet

Big questions for kids about the environment open the door to new ways of seeing the world.
 

Learning Benefits

 

1. Where is food grown? Take a look at boxes or labels — maybe those grapes came from Mexico or your cheese from Ireland. Think about the packaging and fuel that was used to transport your food to the United States. What are some of the benefits of shopping at your local farmers’ market?

 

2. What do you think “We must be the change we want to see in the world” means? Discuss this famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi — what kind of changes would your family like to see happen in your community and beyond, and how can you “be” those changes?

 

3. What have you learned in school about climate change? The idea of global warming can be overwhelming. Go online to learn what scientists and others are doing to combat it and how you can join the fight.

 

4. Why is it important to have so many different kinds of plants and animals on Earth? Ask your child the same question on a smaller scale, for example, about your neighborhood. What might happen if all the chickadees disappeared from her backyard?

 

 

Samantha Brody is the senior editor for Parent & Child.

 

 

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