The Robert Crown Library is hosting a workshop on how to talk to kids about climate change The Robert Crown Library is hosting a webinar on climate change for parents
Staff at the Robert Crown Center branch of the Evanston Public Library invited parents to talk about how to engage in conversations about climate change with their children in an age-appropriate way during a webinar on Wednesday evening.
Genie Albina, Earth Week Environmental Program Manager for Evanston/Skokie School District 65, led the discussion. She stressed the importance of adapting the conversation to the age, growth and personality of the children, acknowledging that these discussions can become difficult for a variety of reasons.
Although the conversation can vary depending on the maturity and responsiveness of the children, Albina said family discussions about climate change can be sweeter.
“We don’t start exactly how things are, just like we don’t start exactly how things are when we talk about sex education,” Albina said. “You start with understanding and appreciation, and then you can say, ‘Well, that’s what’s happening. “”
She also stressed the importance of maintaining a positive and forward-thinking tone in the speech. It’s essential, she says, to include actions and solutions to minimize distress.
Albina, a former District 65 teacher, helped create an action-oriented environmental program for Earth Week in the district. She saw the benefits of hands-on environmental learning, she said, after her 5-year-old son came home from school wanting to put stickers on the family’s windows. He had learned in school that day that it made birds less likely to bump into windows and get hurt.
Albina said she tries to teach her children through climate action. Her family picks up trash on walks and bike rides through the city.
“They pick up on these subtle things,” Albina said. “So hopefully when they’re adults they’ll use rain barrels, compost, bikes and reusable bags – things I didn’t know about when I was a kid – and keep adding more. ‘others. ”
Sylvia Wooller, a parent of Evanston, said the event motivated her to think more optimistically about climate change when talking to her children about it.
When she once expressed her frustrations and anxiety about climate change to her children, Wooller said her children became very distressed.
“Adults have to be very careful not to say negative things to children, because it can backfire,” Wooller said. “As an adult, it’s better to say to yourself, ‘I’m part of the problem and I’m trying to be part of the solution. Let’s try to be part of the solution together.’”
Bea Echeverria, Library Branch Assistant and Event Organizer, has led the Library’s Climate Action Banner, working to formalize the Branch Team’s climate justice activities since the summer of 2021.
The library will provide other sustainability services in the future through events such as the Repair Cafe and the Spring Bike tune-up. These projects aim to provide the tools and resources needed to enjoy and connect with nature, she said.
“In terms of programming, we’re fantastic amplifiers,” Echeverria said. “By providing exciting activities that spark interest and a desire to take better care of ourselves, I try to make the programs accessible and engaging for everyone.”
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