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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.