EVERY ACTION COUNTS

You can make a difference – every single day! 

We’ve got tons of ideas and tips to help you take action to protect the planet listed below. You’ll also find organizations, books, movies, and activities. Get inspired by young heroes like yourself, who are already making a big impact in the climate fight.   

For more ideas of ways you can help protect the environment and fight climate change, NASA’s Climate Kids and National Geographic Kids are great places to start. Nat Geo has a particularly good page on recycling.

THINGS KIDS CAN DO TODAY
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Illustrations by Kathleen Founds

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WANT TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?

Get involved with an ORGANIZATION
Find an organization that brings together kids and families that care about our planet as much as you do. There is power in numbers!

Climate Action Families

Plant-For-The-Planet is an international youth-led organization that focuses on planting trees to combat climate change.

Plant-for-the-Planet’s 3-Point Plan to save our future:

  • Plant 1,000 billion trees by 2020
  • Leave fossil fuels in the ground (CO2-free by 2050)
  • Combat poverty with climate justice

Roots & Shoots

Roots & Shoots is a global movement of youth leading change in their communities. Want to make a positive impact? Join Roots & Shoots to address problems that matter to you – from your neighborhood to our shared planet.

READ a BOOK or watch a MOVIE

Great storytelling, whether on the page or the screen, has the extraordinary power to educate, inspire and motivate. Here are few of our favorites for various ages; for a more in-depth list, check out Common Sense Media (movies) and The Huffington Post (books).

BOOKS

MOVIES

For KIDS movies, animated treats such as Ice Age: The Meltdown and Happy Feet Two introduce everyone from 5 through middle school to the concept of global warming. 

Wall-E (2008)

What if mankind had to leave Earth and somebody forgot to turn the last robot…

Chasing Coral (2017)

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers,…

Happy Feet Two (2011)

The sequel to the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit Happy Feet, Happy Feet Tworeturns audiences…

Frozen Planet (2011)

This landmark high-definition series brings to the screen the frozen wildernesses of the polar region…

Bears (2014)

From Disneynature, the studio that brought you Earth and Chimpanzee, comes Bears — an epic…

Learn about climate
through fun activities

Learn about the climate, sustainability, and the environment through fun ACTIVITIES like those featured here. There are any number of organizations and sites that have great information, games, activities and videos for kids, for example NASA’s Climate Kids and Ology, the American Museum of Natural History‘s science website for kids.

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    It takes
    450 YEARS
    for a plastic bottle
    to degrade!

    WWF
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    Polar bears are born the size of a stick of butter, and they can grow to 10 feet and 1,200 lbs!

    SAN DIEGO ZOO
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    Every year we lose 18.7 million acres of forest—that’s more than 20 million football fields!

    One Tree Planted

You're never too young
to be a climate hero

You’re never too young to be a climate HERO. Just look at what kids like you are already doing all over the world. Need even more inspiration? Discover dozens of young eco-heroes fighting to make the earth a healthier, safer place at CNN, Action for Nature, Your Story, and The Guardian.

Felix Finkbeiner

Reforestation
Started planting trees at 9 years old
Founder of the environmental group Plant-for-the-Planet when he was ten, he then partnered with the UN’s Billion Tree campaign and speaking in front of the full assembly when he was 13. This partnership is now responsible for the planting of more than 15 billion trees in more than 130 nations. The group has also pushed the planting goal upward to one trillion trees—150 for every person on the Earth. You can order your own Tree Card from his website.

Alec Loorz

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Climate Change Activist
Founded Kids vs. Global Warming and iMatter
Alec Loorz was 12 when he put up his SLAP (Sea Level Awareness Posts) on a Ventura, California beach. At 15, he presented a Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels to senator Barbara Boxer on Capitol Hill. He believes his generation is poised to inherit a world where mass production, environmental degradation and the burning of fossil fuels has put the future of human society at risk. He is one of seven youth plaintiffs who sued the federal government on behalf of youth everywhere in an attempt to take Washington to task on climate change (they lost). He is a youth leader with the Alliance for Climate Education.

Alexandria Villaseñor

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Climate Change Activist
Co-founder and co-director for the Youth for Climate Strike
13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor has, every week since December 2018, made a pilgrimage to the United Nations’ headquarters demanding action on climate change. She is one of a cadre of young, fierce and mostly female activists behind the School Strike 4 Climate movement. On March 15, 2019, with the support of some of the world’s biggest environmental groups, tens of thousands of kids in at least two dozen countries and nearly 30 U.S. states plan to skip school to protest.

Boyan Slat

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Oceans
Boyan Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup when he was only 16. Using technology patented by Slat himself, this organization uses the oceans natural currents to congregate plastic into one area, making it easier to extract and recycle.

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