Written by Julie Hantman.
Climate change is harming our kids’ health and their futures. It also complicates parenting.
My daughter is a toddler. While I haven’t had to explain climate change to her yet—no super-storm has touched down here in Washington, DC where we live—most days I feel like climate change already has handed me a tougher job description than I expected when I decided to become a mom.
Here are 3 ways climate change makes my parenting job tougher than I’d imagined:
1. My job as teacher.
2. My job as protector.
3. My job as Reassurer-in-Chief.
How I roll is building community. In a community, parents can find comfort—and we can act together—side by side.
A parent’s job is already tough—now it seems poised to become immeasurably tougher. That makes for another good reason for moms and dads to come together and support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) historic announcement to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Unfortunately, some lawmakers are now doing everything in their power to undermine the EPA regulation.
Our nation has 33 million households with children under 18. That’s a lot of parents. Parents are strong, compassionate, and focused on the future.
Listen to this Green Divas Radio Show, featuring Greg Laden, science communicator and bioanthropologist, who talks about extreme weather patterns and how climate change is impacting us, the environment and wildlife, and why we need to pay attention.