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Welcome to your climate action mission headquarters. All superheroes have villains they need to defeat, and as climate action superheroes we need to work together to save our planet.
Scroll down to learn more about the climate change villains and discover how we can combine our superpowers to join the fight. We all have the power within us to make a difference.
Looking for even more ways to help? Check out our monthly missions!
Greenhouse gases are causing our planet to warm, leading to climate change. You can learn more about the six major greenhouse gases at NASA Climate Kids.
When we work together we can help reduce the bad greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and we can remember that when we do less, we emit less.
how to use your powers
As an Arbor Avenger you can advocate for the protection of our trees and learn more about their importance. Trees absorb and store harmful carbon dioxide and release oxygen. One tree can absorb nearly 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year!
As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not only will these plants absorb greenhouse gases, but you will also help cut down on fuel emissions to transport food from farms to your local grocery store.
As a Community Captain you can reduce energy waste in your house by making sure that all lights and electronics are powered off when they are not being used.
As a Water Warrior you can make sure that your family takes shorter showers and turns off the water faucet when they are brushing their teeth or scrubbing their hands. Save water and energy!
As a Mighty Meteorologist you can learn more about the Greenhouse Effect and how it contributes to global warming. Teach your friends and family!
It’s estimated that nearly 30-40% of all food produced is wasted. This includes food scraps from our own meals, food that is considered "ugly", and food that spoils before we get a chance to eat it.
When we waste food, we waste money and miss out on the opportunity to feed people in need. When food rots it even produces greenhouse gases.
Learn more about food waste here and discover ways to fight this villain as a family!
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As an Arbor Avenger you can help collect your family's food waste for compost. Composting creates soil to grow new plants and trees. Find a composting center in your community here!
As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you can grow your own herbs inside in a used container like an empty jar. You can help make sure your family always has fresh herbs and only uses what they need.
As a Community Captain you can help your family save your vegetable scraps (like the peel of a carrot or stem of broccoli!) to make and freeze homemade vegetable stock.
As a Water Warrior you know that when we waste food, we also waste water. Share you knowledge with your friends and family - this is just another reason to not waste food!
As a Mighty Meteorologist you can make sure that your family is prepared for a weather emergency by stocking up on food supplies like canned goods that won't spoil. You can learn more about ready.gov.
Due to human activity and climate change we are seeing what scientists call habitat loss - plants and animals are losing the food, water, and shelter that they need to survive, leading to the endangerment and extinction of species all around the world.
Learn how you can help keep plants and animals happy and healthy!
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As a Water Warrior you can learn more about how coral bleaching happens and why it is so important to protect our coral reefs.
As an Arbor Avenger you and your family can learn more about trees as habitats and why they are so important for many wildlife species.
As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you know how important bees are for many plants and animals. You can make a pollinator bath for your yard to provide a place for pollinators to cool off or drink water.
As a Mighty Meteorologist you can help protect wildlife during severe weather. Creating a small pile of leaves and twigs in a corner of your yard or under a bush will provide a safe space for small critters to hide during a storm.
As a Community Captain you can help keep trash out of your neighborhood, parks, or beaches - you can help prevent wildlife from eating the garbage we sometimes leave behind!
Microplastics are a certain type of marine debris that are smaller than 5mm. These itty bitty plastics are a big problem for our waterways and our friends who live in them
Learn how you can help keep microplastics out of our ocean and fresh waterways!
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As a Water Warrior you can help inspire others to protect our ocean and fresh waterways. Find and volunteer for a coastal cleanup in your community.
As an Arbor Avenger you can help reduce your plastic consumption while also using less paper. Make a reusable bag using an old t-shirt!
As a member of the Pollinator Patrol you can take the Skip the Straw pledge. You can care for living things that live in the ocean, just like you care for the pollinators that live (or fly!) on land.
As a Mighty Meteorologist you know that when storms come to your community, the wind and rain often blow plastic waste closer towards the ocean and waterways. You can monitor the weather reports to know when a storm is coming and head out in your neighborhood to help clean up trash.
As a Community Captain you can learn more about how long it takes for different types of waste to break down. Plastic can take nearly 450 years to decompose, no wonder it becomes a microplastic!
In Washington, DC August is one hot month! Find ways to beat the heat that use less energy and water:
This month, you can learn more about climate change in our STEAM Daydream podcast! Hear from some real-life climate action superheroes, and discover more ways to join the fight. To learn more, visit https://nationalchildrensmuseum.org/podcast/.
It's not too late to make sure your family is counted in the Census! The Census happens once every 10 years, and it serves as a way for the government to understand who lives in our country. Everyone is counted - babies, kids like you, adults, citizens, immigrants, even visitors!
Don't just throw away your Halloween pumpkins! Take it to your local compost center or eat it: you can roast the seeds, make a pie, or turn it into a soup!
Reduce your waste this holiday season: use recycled paper or reusable fabric to wrap presents, make sure your decorative lights are turned off when not in use, and when picking out presents, make them yourself or shop local - this helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
One New Year's tradition is to make a resolution, or something new that you want to do or commit to in the new year. Try making a resolution to help the planet this year! Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Save energy by cutting down on screen time
Try your hand at growing herbs inside by a window. Growing our own food is one way to help cut down on waste.
Instead of buying new presents for friends and family this year, shop second-hand or make something special just for them - we love making our own paper for greeting cards!
Try your hand at making recycled paper. You can help fight habitat loss and make valentines for your family at the same time!
Spring is here! As the weather gets a bit warmer, this is the perfect time to start a garden. No outdoor garden space? No problem! You can start your very own indoor garden.
Did you know that for every mile you walk instead of riding in a car, you prevent one pound of pollution from entering our atmosphere? This April, your challenge is to walk or ride your bike or scooter when you are able to. Are you able to walk to school? Or to the grocery store as a family? Every step counts, and you can make a difference for our planet!
Did you know that less than 1% of the world's water supply can be used and consumed by humans? The rest of it is salt water from the ocean and frozen in places like Antarctica. Because this precious resource is so limited, we need to our part to conserve it! Check out the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense for Kids for more resources and games.
The Brood X Cicadas have arrived! Has our changing climate had an effect on them? Help scientists map these creatures during their once-every-17-year arrival through Cicada Safari. Head over to scistarter.org to learn more!
Enjoy the fresh produce that comes from your local farmers market! Eating locally grown fruits and vegetables can help the planet since food travels a shorter distance, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Did you know that food in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles before reaching your plate? (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture).
Did you know that every year at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans, where it can hurt our underwater friends?