Introduction to Green Investing for Kids and Teens
This video explains the concept of Green Investing in a simple, concise way for kids and beginners. It could be used by kids & teens to learn about Green Investing, or used as a money & personal finance resource by parents and teachers as part of a Financial Literacy course or K-12 curriculum.
Suitable for students from grade levels:
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- High School
The topics covered are:
- What is green investing
- Do green investors care only about making a difference
- How to become a green investor
- Should you become a green investor
What is green investing?
Green investing is investing in companies that have a positive impact on the environment.
For example, companies that focus on solar, wind, hydro, and other forms of sustainable energy are considered to be green investments.
Companies that focus on reducing their carbon footprint or try to conserve natural resources are also considered green investments or eco investments.
Do green investors care only about making a difference?
No. Green investors look at the profitability of a potential investment, along with its impact on the environment.
Many people think that in order to invest in companies that are good for the planet, they have to sacrifice investment returns. But that is definitely not the case!
If you do your research and choose a good stock or fund, it can give great returns even if it is environmentally conscious.
How can I become a green investor?
When investing in a green fund, it is important to do your research and figure out the exact criteria the fund uses to invest.
Everyone has a slightly different opinion about what qualifies as ‘green’, so you should do your research and make sure that the fund’s philosophy aligns with yours.
Should I become a green investor?
Having a green fund in your portfolio can be a good idea. In addition to helping the environment, it makes your portfolio more diversified.
However, for now, it is best to avoid having your entire portfolio centered solely around green investing as that could severely limit your options.