Children teach their parents, Published online: 06 May 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0478-9 Public education for youth can influence future generations, but it typically does not create outcomes for those who need to vote on policies and create change today. A new study suggests that well-designed instructional units can foster family interactions that increase adult concern about climate change.
The rhetorical limitations of the #FridaysForFuture movement, Published online: 06 May 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0481-1 The students striking for action on climate change admirably display civic engagement on a pressing issue. Nevertheless, their movement's message focuses far too heavily on the need to 'listen to science', which is at most a point of departure for answering the ethical and political questions central to climate action.
Children can foster climate change concern among their parents, Published online: 06 May 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0463-3 Public concern about climate change is difficult to motivate. This study finds an increase in climate change concern among parents after their middle school-aged children participated in a climate change school curriculum.
The broader importance of #FridaysForFuture, Published online: 06 May 2019; doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0484-y The #FridayForFuture campaign has prompted unprecedented numbers of youth to join the climate movement around the world. This growing movement is important beyond its potential impact on climate policy because it is creating a cohort of citizens who will be active participants in democracy.