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Blog Action Day 2009 :: Climate change and our kids

October 15, 2009

Look at this.  Not even Eco-Friendly Friday and here I am talking about climate change.  This blog event is huge.  Over 10,000 bloggers are posting today about climate change to help raise awareness.  To help make a change.  To be the change we want to see in the world.  Blog Action Day 2009.  One day, one issue, thousands of voices.  Amazing.  (There’s still time for you to participate through your blog – just go here.)

What is climate change?  Typically, according to wikipedia, it’s a term that refers to the changes in modern climate and its effects on the environment.  And if climate change affects the environment, you can be darn sure it’s affecting you and your family too.  Maybe you don’t think glacier melting changes anything for you.  Maybe you don’t realize how warmer temperatures will change your life.  For me, as a mom, I can’t help but look at all this in terms of my kids.  Those two little people trust me to do what’s right and to protect them from harm.  How can I just ignore climate change with that kind of responsibility on my shoulders?

Seriously.  Think about it.  If we don’t do something, there are going to be more extreme changes in weather.  That means more hurricanes.  More tornadoes.  More floods.  Imagine what those disasters do to children.  Death, disease, displacement, post traumatic stress, illnesses from contaminated water, interrupted education.  Those events cause horrible circumstances for everyone, but look at them through a child’s eyes.

Think about it in terms of growing seasons.  Too much rain?  Not enough rain?  Food and water supplies will change, which means our nutrition will change too.  In many parts of the world, this is going to be catastrophic to children.

And how about pollution?  Asthma and allergies are already widespread and it’s bound to get worse.  Kids are just naturally more vulnerable to environmental hazards so they’re going to be hardest hit.

So, come on.  Educate yourself.  Make changes in your own home, in your daily life, in your family’s lives.  They can start small, but don’t stop.  Keep moving in the right direction and help turn this around.  Support legislation and politicians who understand the depth of the problems caused by climate change.  Be active.  We can do this.

{Here’s a great site set up by the EPA that can help you and your child learn what climate change is and how we can make changes.  And I promise it’s a good site – no doom and gloom – just tips, games, and great explanations.}

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  1. October 15, 2009 12:17 pm

    Great post, Michelle. I’m hoping to read a lot of the other participants’ posts in the next few days too.

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