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


One-third of the food we make never gets eaten. The process of growing, making, storing, and disposing food emits greenhouse gases.
(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
In the United States, each person produces over four pounds of trash per day.
(Environmental Protection Agency) Thirty percent of all outdoor lighting in the United States is considered light pollution.
That adds up to $3.3 billion in wasted energy and the release of 21 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.
(Dark Sky/International Dark-Sky Association)




learn more


Discover ways you can eliminate waste and protect your environment: https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/topics/reduce/





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


One-third of the food we make never gets eaten. The process of growing, making, storing, and disposing food emits greenhouse gases.
(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
In the United States, each person produces over four pounds of trash per day.
(Environmental Protection Agency) Thirty percent of all outdoor lighting in the United States is considered light pollution.
That adds up to $3.3 billion in wasted energy and the release of 21 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.
(Dark Sky/International Dark-Sky Association)




learn more


Discover ways you can eliminate waste and protect your environment: https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/topics/reduce/





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


One hundred trees remove 53 tons (or 106,000 pounds) of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants per year.
(United States Forest Service)
Around the world, it is estimated that roughly 15 billion trees are cut down each year.
(Yale University) A single healthy tree can have the cooling power of more than ten air conditioning units.
(United Nations Environment Programme) Trees help runoff and erosion caused by rainfall.
(Environmental Protection Agency)




learn more


Find family-friendly activities and resources at: https://discovertheforest.org/





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


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/





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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