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how to talk to your kids about climate change

Orange Environment, Inc., Orange County’s longstanding environmental watchdog, will host an online public climate education event on Sunday, October 11th from 3 to 4 p.m. featuring Harriet Shugarman, author of the recently released How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change.

The event is part of the global 24 hours of Reality conversation about the climate crisis and how we solve it. As many as 1,000 such events will be held worldwide organized by volunteer Climate Reality Leaders trained by former Vice President Al Gore.

Harriet Shugarman’s book provides a comprehensive description of the climate crisis, how to communicate it to the children in your life, and how you can work together to be part of its solutions.

“This is not an easy topic to discuss with your children. On one hand, they need to know about it. On the other, we do not want to frighten them or cause them to lose hope."

Harriet Shugarman has been long working with parents to find the right balance for family conversations about the climate crisis. No one has given this more thought and practice,” noted Dr. Michael Edelstein, founder and president emeritus of Orange Environment, Inc. Dr. Edelstein, who heads the Environmental Studies Program at Ramapo College of NJ, is a Climate Reality Leader. He will host this event. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, the northeast is the region of the US most impacted by climate change impacts already evident.

According to the 2018 SR15 report of the IPCC, the global authority on climate change, we have only a decade to act before climate change begins to further accelerate. Many climate change impacts are already irreversible.

Harriet Shugarman is Executive Director of ClimateMama, a senior Climate Reality Leader, adjunct professor of Global Climate Change Policy and World Sustainability at Ramapo College of NJ, and Chair of the Climate Reality Project’s NYC Metro Chapter. She is a nationally recognized influencer, connector, and trusted messenger for parents on solutions to our climate crisis.

A recipient of the prestigious Climate Reality Green Ring Award, Al Gore praised her as “an outstanding Climate Reality Leader who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to her role as a climate communicator and activist.” She lives in New York and shares her message of hope and action at

Founded by former Vice President Gore in 2005, The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis. Through grassroots leadership trainings, global media events, digital communications and issue campaigns, Climate Reality works to spread the truth and raise awareness about the climate crisis. Orange Environment, Inc. has been addressing the region’s major environmental threats and promoting sustainable solutions since 1982. Climate change has become one of its major concerns.

This online program is free and open to the public. Recommended for parents and families, teachers and anyone concerned with communicating about this overarching crisis. For more information and to register, visit Orange Environment’s website:


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