Us grown-ups have been talking an awful lot about politics lately: at the dinner table, in the car, straight back at the TV…

It’s no wonder that our kids have got wind of that. Some of them are confused. Some are scared. Some angry.

Taking action is a great way out of all of those states. Here are the things that kids can do, no minimum age requirement.

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If humour is your strong suit, we need you now more than ever.

Things that make us laugh spread like wildfire online: you can smuggle important political messages in there, too.

Plus couldn’t we all do with a little more laughter in the world?

Links to find out more

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If something strikes you as politically outrageous, world-changing or important to know, ain’t nothing like a meme to get it out there.

Visit a site like, stick it on Twitter or Facebook and bob’s your uncle.

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We depend on bees for many of our fruits and vegetables, but since 1945 the UK has lost 97% of it wildflower-rich meadows on which many species of bees depend — and that situation is being replicated around the world.

Why not grow your own mini wildflower meadow or create a bee friendly habitat for your community, school or workplace?

If you have a space big enough, Friends of the Earth will provide kits and support to get you going and keep our world buzzing.

Links to find out more

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Changing your social media avatar or your mobile ringtone sounds pretty frivolous, doesn’t it?

But these small injections of your political beliefs into everyday situations can spread the word far and wide: every time your phone rings, every time you comment on a thread seen by others.

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Seek out and read stories, books and comics created marginalised people. Recommend them to others. It’s a win-win: not only are you increasing your knowledge about a different world view, but you’re supporting the authors too.

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If you’re handy with a sewing machine, making your own clothes means that you can opt out of the multinational fashion business, which often exploits workers, ships garments half way round the world, and dictates how women should look.

Fashion-loving blogger Ivy Arch set herself a challenge to stay away from clothes shops for a year, in 2013, and never went back. As a result, she’s now got one of the most personal and eclectic wardrobes you’ve ever seen.

Links to find out more

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Websites like in the UK, and similar sites set up by NGOs in many other countries, allow you to subscribe to your MP so you get an email every time they speak in Parliament.

Keep careful watch and make sure you contact them if you’re displeased with their activity.

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Your government should serve you. If you believe they have gone so badly astray from this path that they are doing actual harm, there is recourse: you can take them to court.

Yes, it takes guts; it takes money too. But it may just save the world. In the US, for example, kids are suing the government over climate change.

Links to find out more

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Got access to a photocopier or printer? Make a zine, then hand it out at a gig or political meeting. Whee, it’s just like the 80s all over again.

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The catchier the tune, the more likely it is to spread.

So, what if you wrote a hummable tune that listed all the lies politicians had told, like Chequeado did in Argentina? Or an anthem that got people up and protesting?

If music is your superpower, use it.

Links to find out more

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Facts are a better weapon than insults, that’s for sure.

In a ‘post-truth’ world, let’s hold onto the importance of veracity. In the UK you can use, and in the US, Politifact, and there are numerous projects worldwide with the same mission: remaining politically neutral while simply researching and presenting the facts behind news stories.

Links to find out more

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Daisy Hernández, author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed, says: “What are you noticing about headlines when the police kill another black teenager? Is the teen described as a kid on his way to college or as a “black male”? I try to raise awareness that we’re trafficking in racial ideology 24-7 online — and that we can change the direction of these conversations every time we hit “comment.”

Same applies across all sectors of society — from gender non-binary to disabled people, and everything in between — but let’s especially listen to what the black community is telling us. Pick your words with care.

Links to find out more

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Fast fashion — the phenomenon of cheap highstreet shops churning out clothes that are only designed to last a season, cost almost nothing, and then end up in landfill — is bad for the environment.

“Clothes are the second largest source of pollution after oil,” according to the US organisation Opposing Views.

It’s very likely also bad for the people who make the clothes. Ask yourself how much the factory workers must be being paid, to be able to offer garments at such low prices. Then research the more ethical options and take your custom there.

Buy fewer items that are high quality and will last longer.

Links to find out more

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Opinions are like… ahem.

Anyway, everyone has one and we’re often eager to express them.

But when you’re speaking to someone with direct personal experience of an issue, like discrimination, take the time to let them speak, understand their experiences and reflect on their viewpoint.

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Don’t believe everything you read. Always check whether that news story has come from a trusted source — especially if you’re planning on sharing it!

Links to find out more

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Read up on how people prefer to be supported. Your assumptions may not be quite right.

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