Kid Climate Educators Open Adult Eyes

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This is scientific Americans. Sixty seconds signs. I'm Adam Levy. Avoiding the west affects of climate change will require action. But it's hard to take action. When you don't even know there's a problem around the world only half of adults understand that humans causing crime it change through activities that produce greenhouse gases, but the picture is different for kids. Previous work has shown that children are more engaged and more knowledgeable than adults about climate change. The question is can this be honest to make a difference? We come across this idea that kids are capable influencing their parents. And when we say influence really mean just teaching them Daniele Lawson a social scientist at NC state university. That's what we set out to really investigate. Can we design things in such a way that kids are able to teach their parents about climate change? And because of the fact that it's someone's child seeking them instead of just a adult on the street or a different climate communicator, our parents willing able. To listen to their children to test idea Lawson setup wildlife based climate costs for kids, this approach was based on previous courses. But the team added a twist involving the parents first parents were invited to come along turn event formed apart of the course, and that's not all so we also had students interviewed their parents. And this interview never mentioned climate change, the civically, but it had questions like how have you seen the leather change over the last five to ten years. Do you believe the sea levels rising? How do you think that could impact our communities? The study showed that the coolest did indeed increase concern about climate change, not just among the kids, but that parents to and though was some surprising findings in the results this process of children teaching their parents, it really was most effective among those parents who were previously the least he -cerned about climate change. So that was conserve. Tive and fathers. And then what was also really exciting was that the treatment was particularly effective if the child that was doing the teaching was a daughter the study is in the journal nature climate change, these findings come into time when more kids becoming climate activists and Lawson says her study shows just how persuasive young people's voices can be kids are really powerful. They are having an impact, you know. They are taking over the news. They're not letting us not talk about the issue. It makes me really excited to see how much of an impact kids can have. And I think kids can just have the power to bring us together. In a way that we haven't seen yet when it comes to climate change. Thanks for listening for scientific American sixty seconds science. I'm Adam Levy.

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