Teaching Climate Change to Students Improves Environmental Concern of Parents
Teaching children climate change helps in making parents more concerned and aware about environment issues, according to an US study.
The findings are based on a two-year study of 240 students and about 300 parents done by North Carolina State University. Students were given lession in mapping data and also taken for field trips to experience changes effected due to global warming. Another set of students were not given any lessons on climate change or field trips. Both groups had their parents evaluated before and after the experiment and it was found that higher level of student learning about cimate change by involvement in demonstration and protests led to influencing of views of their parents on these issues.
The findings have important implications about how educational policies can be changed to include climate change and environmental protection in the school curriculum which in turn will have a deeper impact on society through better awareness generated among parents.