Find your inner climate action hero! 

climate action heroes

Planet Earth needs our help. Human activity is causing our planet to get warmer very quickly. This is called climate change. Earth's changing climate causes problems for plants and animals, the ocean and freshwater, and humans around the world. We all have a superpower within us. Discover your inner climate action hero at National Children's Museum.  

Already know your inner superhero? Scroll below to learn more about your special powers!

weather and climate change

Weather is what we see when we look outside our window or take a walk outside. Is it hot or cold today? Is it sunny, raining or snowing? Weather changes everyday, even multiple times a day. That is why you might check the weather report before getting dressed for school. 

Climate is how we describe weather over a long period of time for a specific area. For example, the climate in the Bahamas is much warmer than the climate in Alaska.

 

Climate change is how scientists describe and measure what is happening to all of the Earth's climate. Scientists have determined that the Earth's climate is changing due to human activity. These changes are causing problems across the entire world. 

Check out the resources below as a family to learn more: 

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/weather-climate/

community captain

Cool! You're a Community Captain.

Community Captains focus on reducing waste. 
You encourage reducing, reusing, refusing, and recycling in your home, school, and community. 
You care about where our trash goes.

why the world needs you


Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we take.
(American Beekeeping Federation)
Due to climate change and human activity, bee populations are declining around the world.
(World Wildlife Federation)




learn more


"A Bee is More Than a Bug" at NASA's Climate Kids: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/bees/ Learn more about pollination in this video by SciShow Kids:





pollinator patrol

Party time! You're a Pollinator Patrol.

Pollinator Patrollers protect and support pollinators of all kinds. This includes bees, other insects, birds, and bats, and the plants they help pollinate*.

*Pollination is how flowers, fruits, and vegetables reproduce to create offspring. 

why the world needs you


Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we take.
(American Beekeeping Federation)
Due to climate change and human activity, bee populations are declining around the world.
(World Wildlife Federation)




learn more


"A Bee is More Than a Bug" at NASA's Climate Kids: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/bees/ Learn more about pollination in this video by SciShow Kids:





arbor avenger

Awesome! You're an Arbor Avenger. 

Arbor Avengers defend our trees. You focus on the health and protection of tree cover and trees’ role in the absorption of greenhouse gases. You also encourage reducing paper use and waste. 

why the world needs you


If we keep creating and failing to properly dispose of plastics at predicted rates, in 2050, the amount of plastics in the ocean will weigh more than the amount of fish.
(World Economic Forum)
With heavier downpours and rising sea levels due to climate change, the resulting floods could mean decreased drinking water quality and quantity.
(Fourth National Climate Assessment) The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)




learn more


Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's wepage made just for kids: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/kids/





mighty meteorologist

Marvelous! You're a Mighty Meteorologist. 

Mighty Meteorologists discover weather patterns
and make predictions. You focus on safety, preparation, and response to extreme weather events. You also help with climate resilience*.


*Climate resilience is the ability to prepare for, react, and adapt to extreme weather events.

why the world needs you


In 2018, natural disasters cost the world $155 billion.
(Washington Post)
Without big reductions in fossil fuel emissions, the severity and frequency of extreme weather events is expected to increase.
(Fourth National Climate Assessment) Each year, the United States averages 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,300 tornadoes, and two Atlantic hurricanes, as well as widespread droughts and wildfires.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)




learn more


- PLAN!T NOW’s Young Meteorologist Program takes you on a severe weather preparedness adventure where you’ll encounter lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and winter storms – all while learning about severe weather science and safety. - Visit SciJinks, a weather website designed especially for children by NASA and NOAA. - What happens when ocean currents and air masses interact? Find out in Weather Lab! Take on the role of a meteorologist by predicting spring weather and how people should dress for it in particular regions of the United States.





water warrior

Wow! You're a Water Warrior. 

Water Warriors protect our ocean and freshwater by keeping them clean. You focus on access to clean drinking water. You also help with drought
preparation and response.

why the world needs you


If we keep creating and failing to properly dispose of plastics at predicted rates, in 2050, the amount of plastics in the ocean will weigh more than the amount of fish.
(World Economic Forum)
With heavier downpours and rising sea levels due to climate change, the resulting floods could mean decreased drinking water quality and quantity.
(Fourth National Climate Assessment) The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)




learn more


Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's wepage made just for kids: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/kids/





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