This presentation is based on an exploratory study conducted in autumn 2007 on a representative sample of 2.013 fourth to seventh graders in the German federal state of Hessen. 9-14 years old children were asked to describe their emotional responses to the media coverage about climate change. A system of categories of emotional responses to environmental risks proposed by Böhm (2003) was adapted and extended by two nonemotional categories to categorize the children’s responses. The results show that unlike adults children mainly experience consequence-based, prospective emotions like “fear of destruction” (21.1%) and ethic-based, self related emotions like „a bad conscience“ (32.5%). Emotions that are ethicbased, but related to others like “rage” are rare among children (1.7%). Consequence-based, but retrospective emotions like “sadness” were named by 13.3% of the children. Non-emotional reactions were grouped into coping oriented responses like “disinterest in the topic” (16.7%) and not coping-oriented (29.9%). Only children that named responses in the coping oriented, non emotional category had a slightly lower general well-being. In addition a significant but small negative interaction effect between knowledge what to do against climate change and consequence-based, retrospective emotions can be shown. The children have a high level of general knowledge about actions that could mitigate the effect of climate change, which could be an explanation for the small effect of negative emotions on general well-being. However, about one sixth of the children reacts to the climate change discussion with denial or rejection (coping oriented responses). These children have significantly less knowledge about climate protective actions. A path analysis shows that the different emotional responses have an impact on self reported conservation behaviour mediated by the individual motivation to actively protect the climate. Supporting theoretical expectations ethic-based, self related and consequencebased, prospective emotions have a higher impact. Availability of knowledge, frequency of nature experiences and perceived behavioural control are additional relevant predictors. Age of the children and a background of migration have a negative impact on conservation behaviour. Against expectations no significant interaction between knowledge how to act against climate change and the different emotional reactions on the individual motivation to protect the climate could be shown. The same holds for the expected interaction between perceived control and the motivation to protect the climate on self reported behaviour. Taken together, the results of this explorative study show that most children seem to react emotionally to reports about climate change and that these emotional reactions can lead to protective behaviour. The emotional reactions seem, however, not strong enough to impact children’s general well-being. Not having knowledge how to act available might be a reason for showing coping centred reactions like denial.