Faith in action
Let’s come together to seek urgent action on climate change. Together, we can build a beautiful Australia and a more sustainable future.Read more
How can we help support our children and young people respond to the issue of climate change? Start with listening deeply to your children’s concerns, validating their emotions and helping them access information that is age-appropriate. Psychotherapist Dr Merle Conyer suggests beginning with asking your child what they already know and helping them express their feelings in response to this. Share information that helps inform their curiosity rather than overwhelm them. Spend time praying together. Help engage in actions together – explore nature, think about ways to live more sustainably, look for initiatives in your local communities that you can be involved with. Celebrate the ways you can make a difference as a family. Find stories of others taking action and making a difference in their own communities. Be led by your child’s interests/concerns.
Psychotherapist Dr Merle Conyer’s keynote talk at the Uniting Earth 2020 Climate Pastoral Care conference.
"Fight for Planet A: Our Climate Challenge explores how we can all reduce our individual and collective carbon emissions. This three-part documentary aims to empower and motivate Australians to take action on climate change. It's a great series for kids in years 1-6. You can watch it on ABC iview." Aurora, 10yrs
“In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen. Great for kids in years 5-6 but has harder themes, be ready for conversation, watch on netflix.” Aurora, 10yrs
“What will the future bring? An Aspirational journey to discover what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best that exists today. Great for kids in years 3-6. Lots of hopeful ideas for the future. You can rent it online.” Aurora, 10yrs
Find resources to help young children connect and care for our creation
Find out how the Smith family takes action for climate together
“I think this is a great and inspiring book that kids 7 to 18 would really enjoy reading. I never knew how interesting seaweed was. From reading this book I learnt that seaweed can be made into edible plastic, into bricks and grows really fast! It can also help us fight climate change.” Archie, 8yrs
“God gave us a wonderful Earth! The Creation story is vividly described and shown in this colourful book through interactive elements. The story explores Creation and also inspires kids that they can take care of God’s wonderful Earth.”
This ABC Kids Listen podcast helps pre-school and young primary aged children connect with and learn about all the wonderful sounds in Australian nature.
Common Grace has supported the School Strike 4 Climate in 2018, 2019 and 2020. We are committed to standing alongside our children and young people, listening to their concerns and walking together to call for urgent action on climate change. Read more about our support for School Strike 4 Climate, specifically the reservations that some people may have about encouraging school students to “strike” from school to demand climate action.
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