" Young children do not have the coping skills to face the tragedies of environmental crises and problems. When faced with the loss of endangered species and environmental degradation, young children may respond with sadness, fear, and helplessness, which can lead to a defensive apathy," notes the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Sobel says that we must focus on teaching empathy for nature to children who are five – the age of our Kindergarteners. He notes the importance for young children to have the opportunity to play like animals, learn about animals, move like deer, and slither like snakes. He explains how to teach empathy for animals in an interview with Rae Pica for the BAM Radio Network. Listen to the interview here.