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What are the best ways to teach children about looking after the environment?

Introduction

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Taking care of the environment is becoming increasingly important as we learn about climate change and other negative effects of our current lifestyle. Some say that the most important thing we can do as a society is teach our children about the importance of looking after the environment so they and the generations after them can have a better future. However, the best way to educate children about this is still debatable.

Vocabulary

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Educate (Verb) = to teach someone at a school, college or university OR to give information to someone so they understand something better.
Example: “We need to start educating people about the negative effects of eating fast food”.

Education (Noun) = the process of teaching or learning in a school or college, or the knowledge that you get from this.
Example: “In some countries it is possible for children to receive an education at home instead of school”.

Pollute (Verb) = to make water, air, soil, etc. dirty or harmful.
Example: “The government need to stop companies from polluting our rivers”.

Pollution (Noun) = damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste.
Example: “The pollution in the city centre is at extremely high levels”.

Climate change (Noun) = the way the Earth's weather is changing.
Example: “The biggest problem facing mankind at the moment is climate change”.

Definitely (Adverb) = without any doubt.
Example: “This is definitely the best burger I've ever eaten!”.

likely / unlikely (Adjective) = when someone will probably happen (likely) or probably not happen (unlikely).
Example: “It's unlikely to rain again today”.

The Question

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What are the best ways to teach children about looking after the environment?

Additional Questions

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  • How important do you think school is in teaching children to look after the environment?
  • How important do you think parents are in teaching children to look after the environment?
  • Do you think it is easier to teach children or adults to take care of the environment?

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