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Climate change is tough to discuss with young children, but these kid-friendly movies are an excellent way to start the conversation. Documentaries like “A Beautiful Planet” and “To the Arctic” offer elementary-aged kids a vivid window into the forces that shape the planet and give them a deeper appreciation of Mother Earth. Animated treats such as “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Happy Feet” are a healthy and effective way to introduce young kids to the concept of global warming. Kids of all ages can learn something and get inspired to make a change from these terrific flicks for Earth Day.

— “Happy Feet”

Kids will love the charming, animated penguins in this ultra-cute and funny flick.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Warner Bros., 2006)

— “Police Patrol”

This computer-animated film from Norway has a strong pro-environment message.

Recommended for ages 5 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Phase 4 Films, 2013)

— “A Beautiful Planet”

This documentary offers a stunning look at Earth — and man’s sobering impact on it.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2016)

— “Arctic Tale”

This cute, kid-friendly film serves up an inconvenient truth.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(National Geographic, 2007)

— “Ice Age: The Meltdown”

This funny, sincere sequel has appealing, memorable characters.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Twentieth Century Fox, 2006)

— “To the Arctic”

Educational documentary narrated by Meryl Streep explores life in the frozen wild.

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(Warner Bros., 2012)

— “Adventure Planet”

Pro-earth animated tale has strong messages and some peril.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Kantana Group, 2014)

— “Before the Flood”

Leonardo DiCaprio travels the world examining climate change and ultimately finds hope.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

(National Geographic, 2016)

— “Time to Choose”

Visually beautiful documentary examines the environmental impact of deforestation and fossil fuels.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Abramorama, 2016)

— “Tomorrow”

Upbeat documentary explores ways to combat climate change and save the world.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

(Mars Films, 2017)

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