Climate Kids Connects - Climate Science and Food Systems

Welcome to Climate Kids Connects! We are so glad you are here. As you may have heard, the Earth needs our help. Our global climate is changing and this will impact our communities, both human and natural. This is a big problem and it will take all of us thinking creatively to come up with solutions. On today's blog, we will focus on a topic that is both important and delicious - our food system!



Welcome to Climate Kids Connects!


For today's edition, we will focus on a topic that is both important and delicious - our food system! When thinking about the impact of climate change on the food system, it is important to understand that the food system is complex and there are many different ways that climate change can impact and interfere. A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items. Our global climate and the food that we eat everyday are tightly linked.



By participating in the interactive videos and activities below, you can explore our food system and better understand how climate change will impact the food on our plate and how that food is grown and transported around the world. You will also learn about the things you can do to help support a sustainable and healthy food system now and in the future.

Educational Videos


Building a Healthy Planet From the

Ground Up

Learn from farmers at Coastal Roots Farm on the different ways they are building healthy soil and protecting the planet.



Building a Miniature Garden

Work with our Affiliated Artist Audrey to make your own garden from materials you can find around the house.




Composting 101 (with worms!)

Composting is an important way to foster a healthy food system, join Climate Science Alliance team member Diane to learn how to build your own composting set-up.



Climate, Agriculture, and the

Challenges Ahead

Climate change can have many impacts on agriculture and how our food is produced, learn more here.




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Activities

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Growing Seeds Experiment

With this experiment, learn how changing temperatures and precipitation (water availability) can influence an individual plant and what these results might mean on a larger scale.




Plant Inquiry

Spend time exploring in the garden or with plants inside your fridge or around your house. Using your nature journal and the card provided, reflect on what you notice and wonder.




Make Food Art Prints

Recycle the ends of fruit and vegetable food scraps and use them as unique stamps. Grab paint or markers and create cool cards or decorative wrapping paper.




Create a Climate Cookbook

Research locally grown and seasonally available produce and create a cookbook with recipes for each season. Try your hand at making one of your recipes!




Dive Deeper

The Climate Science Alliance proudly partners with Coastal Roots Farm to develop materials to support community outreach on food systems and climate change. The Climate Science Alliance team worked alongside Coastal Roots educators to integrate climate science into the farm's educational initiatives through our Climate Kids program, developing engaging activities focused on climate change and the food system. We invite you to check out their offerings and support the great work they are doing in our community.

Connect with Coastal Roots Farm

Climate Kids Connects is sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric.


As our world shifts, we understand the need to adapt for an emergent digital community. By enhancing our online outreach efforts we can build capacity and continued support for climate education. Learn more at www.climatekids.org.