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But why can’t they save him mummy? International Earth Day

My daughter has just turned 3 and the concept of ‘global warming’ seemed far beyond something I could explain to someone so small. But, after a five minute conversation, BINGO, she got it.

It was simple really. She didn’t need facts and figures to work out that we just need to CHANGE.

The last thing I want to do is worry my kids about ‘world issues’ and the future of their planet. But I do try and make them aware that it is THEIR planet and they CAN make a difference if they choose to. In the famous words of Whitney Houston, ‘Children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way!’

I didn’t have the heart to tell my tearful daughter that the polar bear may never be saved as she intently watched his struggle on TV. I can’t remember much about being really young but I do remember seeing Blue Peter and learning about endangered pandas. To me it seemed simple then, much as it does to my daughter now. If their habitats are in danger then let’s just help them out. STOP destroying the places they live. And here we are 30 years later. The pandas are still in danger but PEOPLE are helping them. PEOPLE are making a difference.

International Earth Day is on April 22nd. More than a billion people take part across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.

My kids have each signed up as a Face of Climate Change  #faceofclimate because they want to make a difference. We’ve also joined Pledge an Act of Green and are going to plant a tree together this weekend.

I’m not ready to tell the kids about all the issues of the world. I want to let them be kids for as long as possible. But with constant access to the internet and other media they have so much more of a grasp of things these days than I ever did. With just a click of a button they can learn and influence things and hopefully this sense of empowerment will remain with them throughout their lives.

So what do you think?

Should kids be aware of ‘world issues’?

Do your kids feel they can make a difference?

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Sarah Ryman

- Sarah Ryman

Sarah is a mum of 2 young children who blogs @afieldsomewhere

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