Majority of parents and teachers are not talking about climate change with children, says pollster

Pollster Mallory Newall said in an interview that most parents and teachers are not discussing the issue of climate change with students and children, citing a new NPR/Ipsos poll. 

"When you break it down, most teachers are not actually teaching or talking to their students about climate change," Newall told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking" on Monday. 

"Most parents aren't either," she added. 

The poll, released Monday, found that 45 percent of parents surveyed said they talked to their children about climate change, while 42 percent of teachers surveyed said they taught their students about climate change. 

However, the survey suggests that parents and teachers would like to start having conversations about the issue with young people. Most respondents in both categories said that students should be taught about climate change and its effect on the environment and economy.

Eighty-six percent of teachers polled said they believed climate change should be taught in schools, and 84 percent of parents with children under the age of 18 said they believed the issue should be taught in classrooms. 

— Julia Manchester