Children get a kid-friendly crash course on climate change

    Children participated in hands-on activities to understand climate change.

    EUGENE, Ore. - Local children took a crash course in climate change Sunday thanks to the Plant for the Planet program.

    The United Nations Environmental Programs sponsors the learning opportunity, but it was originally founded by a 9-year-old boy. It's now led by children who are alumni of the program.

    It aims to teach children about climate change in an accessible and kid-friendly way.

    Children create presentations about climate change, participate in activities, and plant trees in the neighborhood.

    "We do things in kind of a fairly simple way, but in a way that they can use to teach other students because that's really important - and to teach adults," said Pam Vergun from Plant for the Planet.

    One activity involves a world map. Children identify how money and populations are distributed through the world and how pollution plays a part in the distribution.

    The next Plant for the Planet day will take place in Portland during April. Find out more at

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