Getting them Young: Climate Educators Create a Game for 12 Year Olds

Climate change crusaders are concerned that at 16 years old, the age Climate is officially introduced to the Australian school curriculum, too many kids are proving intractable, holding onto skeptical views about climate change. Their solution – start applying pressure when the kids are younger and less able to resist authority.

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Climate change crusaders are concerned that at 16 years old, the age Climate is officially introduced to the Australian school curriculum, too many kids are proving intractable, holding onto skeptical views about climate change. Their solution – start applying pressure when the kids are younger and less able to resist authority.

Why we’re building a climate change game for 12-year-olds

October 30, 2017 6.10am AEDT
Inez Harker-Schuch
PhD candidate, Australian National University
Will J Grant
Senior Lecturer, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australian National University

There is no doubt that we need to teach kids about climate change.

But although the Australian Curriculum embeds climate change into its senior high school program, children are typically aged around 16 before they receive any formal teaching on the topic. We argue that this is too late.

Here’s a possible solution: “CO2peration

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