Kids Zone: Climate Change

Children's hands holding a globe

What is climate change?

Climate change describes along-term shift in average temperature conditions across the world. The Earth’s surface is warming and there is an increased frequency of extreme weather events. Unfortunately higher temperatures mean sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting, floods and droughts are more common and there are changes to plants and flowering times.

What can we do to help?

Many of our everyday activities release greenhouse gases, such as heating our homes and running a car. These gases get trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, and warm up the planet.

The good news is we can all do our bit to fight climate change.

Things you could do:

  • Reduce food waste by only buying what you need, using up leftovers and freezing extra food before it goes off.
  • When you are shopping, choose items that have less packaging.
  • Reuse items where possible rather than throwing them away e.g.buy a reusable cup rather than choosing a disposable cup or bottle each time you buy a drink.
  • Instead of travelling by car to school, why not walk, ride your bike or scooter where possible.
  • If you’re feeling chilly at home, put on a jumper, warm socks or find a blanket before you turn up your central heating.
  • Encourage your family to recycle as much household waste as possible. In Surrey Heath our partners Joint Waste Solutions and Amey help people to recycle as much as possible from plastic to cardboard and metal, to food waste, old clothes, batteries and small electrical items. Find out more about on our Kids Zone recycling webpage.
  • Remind your family to take reusable shopping bags when you go to the shops, to reduce the use of single use plastic bags or make your own! See more on the Kids Zone recycling webpage.
Find out what to do with specific items and learn more about recycling on the Joint Waste Solutions website.