People's Climate March: 9 Ways to Get Kids Involved

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This Sunday, September 21, thousands of participants will take to the streets of New York City to join in the People's Climate March. Heads of state are headed to the Big Apple to attend a summit on climate change. Meanwhile, the march is one of the biggest climate mobilization moments ever in history, and you can take part in it too.

Whether you can make it to New York to take part in the big event or you'll be active from across the country, you can lend your voice and support to the cause. Better yet, you can get your children involved. Teach them about the importance of environmental awareness, climate change, and how to preserve our planet. Here's what you can do this weekend:

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  1. Attend the march. The main march will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Manhattan. Attendees can assemble alongside Central Park West between 65th and 86th streets. You'll then march south toward 11th Avenue and 34th Street. Not in NYC? Find out where you should assemble by going to PeoplesClimate.org.
  2. Attend the children's health forum. If you're in NYC, the Children's Health Forum is taking place at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 19. Hosted by The Mothers Project and Climate Mama, kids will learn about climate change and how it affects the planet.
  3. Get social. Take a photo or video at, or about, the event and post it to social media using #peoplesclimate. You can also directly post the photo to PeoplesClimate.org.
  4. Organize your own movement. For any global participants: you and your children can take part in the movement as well! You can organize a climate awareness event anywhere. From your living room to the local neighborhood park, gather a group of friends and family and dig into why the cause is so important.
  5. Answer the big questions. NASA's Climate Kids site provides plenty of resources for parents and kids, which answer the big questions and teach children about what climate change really means. Spin the wheel and learn about carbon, the greenhouse effect, and the oceans. Most of all, the site will let your kids know what they can do to help keep the planet healthy.
  6. Take them on a climate change expedition. Good news: you can do this from the comfort of your own home. The US Environmental Protection Agency offers a fun and interactive climate change expedition for kids. Together with your children, you can explore the world by viewing videos, learning facts, and completing challenges, all the while learning of the climate's impact on the globe.
  7. Plan It Green. Yes, video games are a good option here. The game, created by National Geographic, General Electric, and Center for Science, lets kids use new energy technologies to create a futuristic energy-efficient city.
  8. Build a terrarium. Now that the weather's getting cooler, bring the gardening indoors. Create your own little world by building a terrarium and filling it with succulents, rocks, and soil.
  9. Make a solar oven. Harness the power of the sun! Then bake your own s'mores via solar oven with just a cardboard box, aluminum foil, and a little solar energy. Nothing beats climate lessons at home.

How will you and your children be participating in the climate march?

 

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