Environmental Writing Prompts

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Our environment is extremely important and we don’t always cherish and nurture it as much as we should! Encouraging children to learn more about global issues through creative writing is a great way to further their cultural awareness and broaden their knowledge on current topics. This is why we’ve created some environmental writing prompts for kids!

Share these with your child to raise awareness about current environmental issues, including global warming and climate change, and to get your child to think creatively about all the ways they can help while developing their writing skills!

Sea Turtle and fish swimming


  1. Around 71% of planet earth is covered in water, meaning that we should look after our oceans, rivers and lakes by reducing water pollution. Without looking it up, what do you think is the most dangerous plastic object for marine animals?
  2. Only around 1% of the water on planet Earth can be consumed by humans and animals due to pollution. What are some ways to improve this?
  3. Write an adventure story about a group of sea animals who are on a mission to end water pollution!
  4. Invent a machine that can help you reuse and save water. What is your machine called? What is it used for? Can you have it in your home?
  5. As most of our planet is covered in water, water pollution can have a negative impact on the environment as a whole. Write a persuasive essay on why we should reduce water pollution.
  6. Our oceans are suffering due to plastic pollution. Draw and write up a plan for a new machine that collects plastic waste.
  7. How can we use less water on a daily basis? Can you give us your best suggestions?
  8. One of the biggest natural disasters is called a tsunami. Research how and why these happen and create an informational flyer to give out to family and friends.
Trash dump with trucks

Pollution / Energy

  1. Pollution can cause animals and plants to go extinct. In your opinion, what are the quickest ways to help our environment?
  2. Can you write a poem about the importance of recycling?
  3. A plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose! How can we be sure to dispose of it correctly so that it doesn’t take as long?
  4. Growing your own food is a great way to live sustainably. Have you ever tried to grow a plant, vegetable or tree before? How was your experience and what did you learn?
  5. What type of energy do you think we should use the most in order to be more environmentally friendly? Why?
  6. List five things that create air pollution.
  7. Story starter: you discover an endangered species on your jungle adventure.
Bottles in recycling bin


  1. You’re running a recycling campaign. Can you think of 5 different catchphrases to convince people to recycle more?
  2. Nature is truly beautiful! What is the best natural environment you’ve visited?
  3. What are some small changes you can make everyday to reduce pollution/help our environment?
  4. Why should we take care of our environment?
  5. Research the term “climate change”. Can you write a factual text about it including current information and statistics?
  6. Design a poster to celebrate Earth Day. Your poster should include three reasons why we should preserve our planet.
  7. You’re traveling around the world to speak to different nations about important environmental issues. What cause are you focusing on and why?
  8. How can we protect our planet to ensure that future generations have access to the same resources as us?
  9. Global warming is changing the temperature of our planet, making it warmer and warmer as the years go by. In your opinion, how can we slow this down? Can you suggest 3 different ways to delay global warming?
  10. Deforestation is hurting our planet! Write a convincing speech about why big companies should be more mindful about cutting down trees and destroying natural habitats.

For more inspiration, check out our Earth Day Writing Prompts!

We hope you’ve found these environmental writing prompts inspiring and that they’ve helped expand your child’s understanding of this topic! If you’re looking for more writing exercises for kids, you can try our program for free! Nightzookeeper.com makes writing easy and fun for your child by including thousands of writing prompts, free printable worksheets, interactive lessons, and much more!

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