The perception of climate change seems to be changing over a generation and luckily children are far more clued up than our parents and most definitely our grandparents were.
We put that to test when The Climate Room took part in the Tyseley Energy Park Open Day on 8th June 2022. An event to showcase renewable energy innovation in the Tyseley area, with stalls, tours around the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre and a litter pick along the River Cole and Grand Union Canal.
The Climate Room welcomed children from Year 6 at Redhill School for a discussion session and asked them the question: “What does climate change mean to you?”
Most of the children highlighted their worry of rising sea levels and the effect it will have on our wildlife. One of the young people even talked about the plight of the polar bears. It was clear, we were dealing with some clued up kids!
Let’s deep dive into some more of the feedback:
◉ The ice will melt and there would be floods
◉ There will be trees cut down leading to animals losing their habitats
◉ Plants won't grow because of the environment
◉ Our trees must not to be cut down because we need them to survive as we need them to breath
◉ People will get less food
◉ Water levels are rising
◉ Animals are dying
◉ The ice is melting
◉ The animals will lose their habitats
◉ The ice will melt and there will be floods
◉ The trees will be cut down and the forest will be cut down
◉ Many of the countries are at the risk of being flooded
◉ The heat can affect the food supplies we have
◉ Many species of animals will become extinct
◉ We need to change the world by being nice to everyone
◉ Countries will be flooded and animals and plants will die
◉ Plants will have too much water
◉ Animals will go extinct
◉ Countries will flood
◉ Stop hotness from rising more because the ice will melt and the sea will raise, this means plants will not grow
◉ The heat waves and that will cause destruction
◉ Water levels rising
◉ Most of the UK could one day disappear
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