WATCH — ‘How can I help stop climate change?’

Story by CBC Kids News • 2019-09-26 14:14

You ask the questions, we get the answers

“I want the Earth to be healthy.”

That’s how Sophia Van explained it when we asked why she submitted an Ask Us Anything question to CBC Kids News.

The seven-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., wanted to know what she can do to help stop climate change.

Hi my name is Sophia. I am 7 years old and I live in Kelowna, B.C. How can I help to stop climate change?

Well, Sophia, happy to report we have an answer for you!

Watch the video at the top of the page to hear how Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s science program Quirks & Quarks, responded to your question.

Sophia Van says her family recently switched their plastic straws for metal ones and they’re only using reusable bags at the grocery store. (Submitted by Bryan Van)

“There’s a lot you can do,” said McDonald in his video message for Sophia.

He said she’s already taken an important first step by “acknowledging that climate change is real.”

The next step is to recognize that young people can make a difference, McDonald said.

Just look at what Swedish teen Greta Thunberg has been able to accomplish with her Fridays for Future marches, he said.

Sophia should also start making changes in her own life, McDonald said, such as:

He also suggested reaching out to local politicians to find out what more can be done in the community to help combat climate change.

McDonald finished his message by encouraging Sophia to “stay green” as she grows up and not lose her enthusiasm for the environment.

Sophia’s family has decided to start using a clothesline instead of a dryer and hand wash their dishes instead of using a dishwasher. (Submitted by Bryan Van)

Now it’s your turn to submit a question.

Email cbckidsnews@cbc.ca and we'll take it from there!

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