Nooshin Karimi

It is arguable that young children, as a social group, are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged when facing the negative impacts of unsustainability, particularly climate change. Given their young age, they often bear the brunt of climate change’s most severe consequences. Furthermore, they are in a critical stage of development and rely heavily on adult care and guidance. Empowering young children with values, knowledge, and skills related to leading more sustainable ways of living and resilience-building has been among the key objectives of the United Nations educational program since 2008. Drawing on the cultural-historical theory, this study examines how parents provide motivating conditions for children to construct their understanding of sustainability-related concepts by participating in everyday activities within their home context. The findings of this research will contribute to enabling families to identify and capitalize on opportunities within their everyday lives to teach children about sustainability from an early age.

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