With the holidays upon us, get togethers with good friends, shared family meals and office and colleague parties will be filling up our calendars and lighting up many of our days and evenings.

We all know it’s easy to go overboard at the holidays, not only with what we eat, but also with what we don’t – and therefore with what regularly get’s thrown away. New York Climate Mama extraordinaire, Beth Radow, shares some easy and important ideas to help us ensure that our holidays and times spent together aren’t “wasted.” One of the many hats that Beth wears is that of Endorser of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge, a program that is helping people work towards the national goal of reducing food waste by 50% in the next 15 years.

Grab the kids in your life and watch this short video together; learn a few things from Beth about “food waste” and how to prevent it.

A few take aways from Beth’s video that you can share at your holiday table and parties:

1. 40% of food we produce in the US never get’s eaten.
2. Each one of us throws out 1/2 lb of food, or more, each and every day.
3. The average American family “throws out” $2,225 a year – by “wasting” food.

Follow up by sharing these easy to introduce ideas that can help counter waste, create a more sustainable climate, and help your neighbors and community at the same time.

1. Buy only the food you need.
2. Eat leftovers and what’s in your fridge and freezer before buying new food.
3. Make everyday Thanksgiving by donating to your local food pantry.

Watch and share Beth’s wonderful video which has more tips, suggestions and solutions. What are some of your ideas? Ask your kids for their ideas too and do share them with us.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Climate Mama

Elisabeth—Beth–Radow, Esq. practices law in the areas of real estate, finance and conservation efforts toward environmental, economic and social sustainability. Beth is a Professor of Sustainability Action at Manhattanville College in New York, chairs the Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment for the League of Women Voters of NYS and is a member of the Town of Mamaroneck’s professional volunteer Sustainability Collaborative. www.radowlaw.com

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shutterstock_11256511This is a different kind of post from our usual, but one that I am glad to share with you. We get to meet many wonderful people in our ClimateMama travels; many of whom seem like old friends from the first time we meet. My colleague and Wisdom Bloggers Sisterhood partner, Stacy is one of these people. The Wisdom Bloggers Sisterhood regularly reminds me to open my consciousness in new and unimagined ways.. Quite an introduction right? Read on…

Cheryl S. Bridges new book, Me Myself and I – 28 Days of Creative Self Love, has been one of my new projects this past month. As we at ClimateMama talk with our Climate Mamas and Papas all over the world, trying to make some sense of the senseless tragedies unfolding, and as we work to stay positive and focused on the Paris United Nations Global Climate talks, Cheryl’s advice and reminders of ways to nurture and take care of ourselves, have been very welcomed and relevant. Continue reading

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ourkidsclimatephotosWe get asked all the time: “Tell me what I can do that will make a difference on climate change?” Easy…watch and listen as one of our favorite Climate Papa’s Paul Reale shares his thoughts and ideas with us all. Each of us CAN make a difference…Also, while you are at it, take a minute to sign on to Our Kids Climate petition calling on world leaders to take strong action on Climate Change!

Give it Up for the Planet
Paul Reale

Ten years ago, the threat that the climate crisis posed to the next generation awakened my long-dormant wish to do environmental work. My career change was under way. One of my first roles was as a presenter for what is now the Climate Reality Project. Further roles have included entrepreneur with an energy efficiency start up, a sustainability consultant in the green building industry, a teacher of many subjects in sustainability to real estate professionals, architects, engineers and building operators, and, well, the list goes on. So when people ask me “what do you do”, sometimes I have a hard time being concise.

But one role hasn’t changed for over 17 years: Dad. Or to use the ClimateMama vernacular, a “Climate Papa”.

In September I was offered a TEDx stage in New York City, but not just any stage, one at my daughter’s high school. And yes, I spoke about climate change. Perhaps my favorite part, though, is that I am not listed as “entrepreneur” or “environmentalist” or “consultant” or “teacher”, but simply as “Parent”. It was only fitting.

So here’s a link to my TEDx talk. After having given so many talks on climate change about the consequences we’ll face and the solutions to mitigate them, I decided to speak about something different: what we have to give up. On the surface the answer is easy – “fossil fuel infrastructure”. That may seem to be a no-brainer, but once you tally it all up it’s pretty astounding. But perhaps the most important question implied is whether we’re willing to do what it takes to make a year like 2070, a year the Millennials will live to see, a time for which we can feel a strong sense of optimism.

Paul Reale works in applied research at CUNY Building Performance Laboratory, supervises students at City College’s graduate program in Sustainability in the Urban Environment, trains and consults in teaching techniques for Urban Green Council and manages energy efficiency projects.

As the world gets ready for the Paris United Nations Climate Negotiations, and in light of the recent tragic events in Paris, Paul’s words ring even louder and more clear: “We must organize in large numbers, doing so is the only way we will succeed.” While we now know that the French government will not allow large public demonstrations in Paris, around the world more than 2000 events are planned. Check to see if there is an event planned near you, or organize something yourself if there isn’t! Most events will be taking place the weekend of November 28 and 29th, the opening of the UN Climate Conference, or on December 12th, the last day of the Conference.


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President Obama finally joined us, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE. After more then 4 long years of active non-violent civil disobedience, by people from all walks of life and from all corners of our country, President Obama, listened and said no more. With serendipity – the decision to reject Keystone was announced on November 6th, four years TO THE DAY that 12,000 of us gathered in Washington to circle the White House and ask President Obama to join our circle, and in say no to Keystone. Well, better late then never as the saying goes!


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To be sure, this isn’t the end and recent revelations that are unfolding on climate – Exxon’s duplicity, destruction of the Amazon rainforest, fires in Indonesia and China’s “miscounting of carbon emissions” are but a few of the events and horror stories that continue to remind us of how dire and precarious our situation is. But for this moment we must stop and celebrate. We held a “line in the sand” with Keystone XL, and those lines are so very hard to hold. We held it, and we didn’t let it get crossed.

My family has been involved in this Keystone fight since the beginning. It has been personal with me – a parent fighting for her children’s future and now, and an Albertan who knows how hard our energy transformation will be. I was one of the 1,253 folks arrested in August 2011 at the Washington tar sands protests. In fact when I first received the call in July, 2011 to come to DC, I was visiting Fort McMurray, Alberta the home of the tar sands. It was “meant to be….”

At Climate Mama we have written about Keystone many, many times and have showcased posts by many Climate heroes – moms and dads fighting for their children’s future and now. Take some time and read a few of these guest posts – Rachel, Desiree and Ted.

Join me and reminisce with your family and friends about this incredible journey we have all been on together. As part of my reminiscing, below you will find my thoughts that I shared with you back in August 2011, the day after I was arrested.

Keystone XL Arrest: My Personal Story

61This week is one for the history books; including my very own personal history book! As of August 24, 2011, close to 300 people have been arrested in the largest civil disobedience action in the American environmental movement’s recent history. I am honored to say I am one of those people. Women and men from all walks and circles of life are “stepping up” and saying no to the XL Keystone Pipeline, which would carry Tar Sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Texas, crossing over and through environmentally fragile zones and important aquifers; threatening our land, our water, our wildlife, and our way of life.

So, you may ask, how does one prepare for an “imminent” arrest in Washington, DC? In my case, carefully and with much help from my friends! My experience with the TarSandsAction support team has been incredibly positive. Not only did they prepare me for what would happen, and be there to support me every step of the way, but they also introduced me to a group of caring individuals from all over the country who are now my friends and jail mates. (Not too many other individuals I know can fall into this particular friend category!) Many of these people, like me, are “middle age” (ouch!) and opening themselves up for arrest for the very first time. We Elders have found our cause and are taking our place along side students and young people who have been holding the “mantle” on environmental protests for us, by themselves, for long enough.

This new page in my personal history book begins at “civil disobedience training” the night before my arrest where we were told NOT to bring anything to the protest that we could NOT afford to loose, including cell phones and wedding rings. Do you know how hard it is to get a wedding ring off your finger that has been there for 15 years? We were also told to “dress dignified” like we were going to a business meeting. I had packed a skirt and top, neither of which had pockets, and didn’t think through how I would carry my ID and $100, the two items we were told TO take to jail – ID, so we could be properly booked, and $100 which was our “get out of jail” card. Our hope and best case scenario was that whatever our charge was, we would be given the opportunity to “post and forfeit” which would allow us to pay a fine and then leave jail that same day.

So, this is where a bra comes in handy, another useful piece of information from my TarSandsAction support colleagues. That morning as I dressed, I put my driver’s license, $120, and a metro card in my bra, which now effectively served as my purse! I did move these items to the waste band of my skirt just prior to my arrest and the handcuffs going on me, so that it would be easier for the arresting officer who frisked me to remove them. Yes I was frisked, in fact several times, and yes I had handcuffs on from the moment of my arrest until my release at the jail. I also road in a “paddy wagon” with a motorcycle escort through the streets of DC past the White House on the way to the Anacostia Jail. Many “firsts” for me to write down in MY personal history book. I am surprised to tell you that I wasn’t afraid. I was with more than 60 of my new “best friends” and we were all in it together, for the planet, for our children, and for ourselves.

President Obama, this is your call. Join Us. Stop the Pipeline! Be part of the movement.


Climate Mama

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Rosemary, Osprey, Harriet-UN Church Center,  NYC, September 29, 2015

Rosemary, Osprey, Harriet-UN Church Center, NYC, September 29, 2015

At Climate Mama, we are inspired every day by the power of people. Our “climate hope” and our hope for our children, their future and now is fortified by the stories and commitment of amazing individuals who make our world a livable place. Climate Mama extraordinare, Rosemary Dreger Carey is one of these special people. We will save her personal story for another time, but we are pleased to share Rosemary’s thoughts and reflections with you now about companies that are leading the way on energy transformation and “smart” buildings. At the heart of all the amazing technological advances, Rosemary reminds us that people and personal interactions are what solidify these changes and what shore up our “climate” hope!

Solar Panels Make Sense,
but Human Connections Make Buildings Smart

by Rosemary Dreger Carey

When people at solutions-based companies like BASF, CopperTree Analytics and GE Solar meet face-to-face with the people who’s job it is to make their buildings energy smart, relationships are forged. Needles move.

That’s the conclusion I formed after observing the recent “Future Facilities Summit,” a three-day Summit organized by FMA Summits, held at the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck, New Jersey.

10440652_847828491950463_2622606125860461855_nWearing my green writer’s hat, a profession I chose because of my desire to do what I can to help our warming planet make the fastest possible transition to renewable enegy, I arrived with highest hopes of learning the ins and outs of all manner of smart building technologies.

As I walked the aisles, listened to Powerpoint presentations, and chatted with building owners, facilities managers and smart building solutions providers, my highest hopes were easily met.

I discovered that companies like AES Distributed Energy and GE Solar are poised for an unprecedented surge in demand for solar energy; how an innovative technology from Dolphin WaterCare can render water virtually chemical free while conserving millions of gallons; how the U.S. Department of Energy reports we are wasting $18.5 million in lost energy from compressed air systems, yet Kaeser Compressors, Inc. offers a technology to capture it and use compressed air as a utility.

Revelations like these — which can help companies meet their sustainability goals and conserve natural resources — unfolded by the minute. My hopes for a world free of fossil fuels and a safe climate future for our children were renewed.

But what struck me most was the realization that all of the advanced renewable energy technologies in the world can’t replace the power of substantive, face-to-face conversation between committed professionals seeking to understand each other’s capabilities and needs, and arrive at the right fit.

By conversing with solutions providers at their exhibit tables, a national retailer found much-needed resources as it begins revamping its more than 1,000 showrooms. An operator of a chain of group homes for severely disabled adults discovered building solutions to improve the comfort and safety of its clients and reduce energy consumption. At meals and during breaks, virtually everyone seemed to concur that investing in LED ligting is a sure bet, with astonishingly fast payback, generous rebates and incentives and attractive financing options.

The business of Montreal-based FMA Summits is to connect solutions providers with companies in need of intelligent building solutions. The personal takeway from this writer and climate mama after covering FMA’s New Jersey Summit: we are headed toward future powered by the limitless energy of sun. Authentic, personal connections will get us there.

Rosemary Dreger Carey is a Climate Mama extraordinaire, an environmental activist and green writer at Copyrose.com. Send Rosemary a message @copyrose.com

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okchandsHow do we get people to pay attention to and then to ACT on the climate crisis? This is a question that those of us in the climate movement struggle with daily. At Climate Mama, we feel that we can get people to pay attention and be moved to action, when they hear and see people around them acting, caring and taking a stand; particularly when it come to their children’s future and now. We are honored to share a special post with you, by Climate Mama Kathy Mohr-Almeida. Kathy speaks to us from her heart and her head.

As the mother of a 12 year old climate activist and as a child and family psychotherapist, Kathy asks and answers some important questions. How much do we tell our children about the crisis at hand? Should they or should they not be involved – along side us or in the lead – as we fight for change, for our human species and to protect the world they are growing up in? How do we show them we support their activism?

Empowering our Children
by Kathy Mohr-Almeida

When Regan turned the bulls loose, greed eclipsed everything.

At that time, I was close to my daughter’s age, and I remember discussing seemingly alarmist predictions about environmental degradation. I felt sad about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and couldn’t imagine the ecological impact of the population explosion. What could I do about these problems? I told myself that world leaders would address these issues when they became critical, that my tiny voice wouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, and that finding people to collaborate with would prove too difficult. I had no outlet for action, my life went on as usual, and our collective resources continued to be exploited and ruined.

Kathy and Anna Rose, used with permission

Kathy and Anna Rose, used with permission

Fast-forward 30 years, and the climate crisis has emerged as the single greatest threat to humanity, and it looms ominously close to our immediate lives in the forms of extreme weather and loss of biodiversity. I have a 12 year old daughter living in the midst of these harrowing circumstances. My daughter understands that world leaders have done a very poor job of caring for our planet, and in response, she has chosen to address the problems herself. She participates in climate activism with multiple communities around the world, protests, demonstrates, speaks, and makes art about the climate crisis. She is making an impact on the problem.

As a child and family psychotherapist, I frequently ponder the merits of a carefree childhood, compared to my daughter’s activism-filled experience. I have concluded that my daughter’s way of being is preferential in many ways because she is living in alignment with her passions. She is learning that her voice is powerful, that people recognize her talents, and they support her mission. Further, my daughter directly benefits from her efforts. The skills of collaboration, public speaking, research, writing, and advocacy my daughter is gaining through her activism will serve her throughout her life. Most important, my daughter is learning that she holds power and personal accountability for her life, our democracy, and the well-being of those with whom we share our planetary home.

Like many parents, I believe it is my moral obligation to be the best parent I can be for my daughter. For me this means supporting my daughter’s work on a very human problem, the spiritual illness of unchecked greed. My daughter’s work, along with other outspoken youth, is helping to stabilize the climate and engender social justice. These are not easy tasks to contend with, and our kids are up for the challenge.

Kathy Mohr-Almeida Ph.D.is a child and family phsychotherapist, an author, educator and journalist.

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Joining the “Throw Back Thursday” theme, we have reposted our blog post from October 30st, 2012, “Politicizing Hurricane Sandy – Yes we Must,” which we wrote just 2 days after Superstorm Sandy first touched down in our ClimateMama neighborhood. Our hope at that time, on the eve of our last Presidential election, was that we would wake up and come to our senses on climate action. How could we not? Well, fast forward 3 years, and almost all of our presidential hopefuls continue to deny the reality of climate change and they are not fighting for climate solutions – in fact many are actively fighting against needed policies and solutions!

This breaks our hearts here at ClimateMama. We continue to hope and demand that those that want to lead our country will not only acknowledge that the greatest threat to our security, health, future and now is our changing climate, but actually work on plans and solutions to help us change course. We must get louder, and we must get more active.

So, as Americans get ready to vote once again this November, it is our obligation to make sure that whoever is lucky enough to get our vote, knows that climate action must be at the top of their list, because it is at the top of ours. Our children are watching, and we MUST have their back!

Feeling lucky, blessed and hopeful… [first published October 30th, 2012]

Watching the news, hearing from friends, seeing video and pictures via social media, walking around my own neighborhood, the local devastation and destruction within a 20 mile radius from my home is almost too much for me to take in.

Hurricane Sandy: My Neigborhood 10/30/12

Coping, each of us usually decides that we can deal with “our own little world” and manage it as best as we can. I have shared photos and feelings leading up to and including our waiting for and living with Hurricane Sandy. This storm should serve as a “wake up call” and force each of us to “connect the dots” and consider how our individual and collective actions have been and will shape our world and that of our neighbors, country and future generations.

My family “dodged the Sandy bullet” as falling trees and wires missed our home, but sadly didn’t miss some of our friends and neighbors homes.

Hurricane Sandy: My Neigborhood

Unbelievably our power came back on Tuesday night, 36 hours after it went out. I am feeling in many ways similar to the way I felt after 9/11 when we lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a few miles and a world away from what would be a life changing event for us and many of our friends. Today I feel guilty that we were spared from suffering when so many others we know were not. I feel guilty that we can “try to be normal” when for many “normal” may never again be. As we did then we do now, we have opened our home to family, friends and neighbors. I also feel incredibly lucky and blessed that we can help bring a sense of “normalcy” back for others, even if just for a short time.

I also feel strangely hopeful that this disaster will be an important wake up call for the United States on the eve of a presidential election that will shape the future course of this country. Climate change is. It is now, it is happening and we are living it. We need to stop debating the facts that are already clear and begin to prepare, to adapt and to mitigate the damages that have and will befall us. We need to move forward to figure out how to “keep the lights on” using 21st century technology, powered by 21st century energy sources, not 20th century carbon based fossil fuels. We need to recognize how WE have become the dominant forcing agent on the planet, and how we need to change this course from bad to good.

Take a minute or two and watch this short video with the kids in your life. It was created by our Australian friend, colleague, father and grandfather, John Price the founder of GranKidzFuture.

The video was created before Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard and resonates loudly because of it. While John speaks to our responsibility to future generations, we should look to this as a wake up call that identifies our responsibility to this generation as well.

Climate change isn’t red, blue, white or fuchsia, and it shouldn’t be a partisan or political issue; however it has become one, particularly in the United States of America. A major party in this country has been “occupied” by climate deniers, forcing their way into and onto the party platform. This can no longer be condoned, ignored or denied. When the polls open on Tuesday, and in those areas where there is early voting, climate change and how we will confront it’s impacts on our economy, on job creation and on our future and our children’s future needs to be considered and should BE one of the most important deciding factors.


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Protecting our Children Coaliton

Protecting our Children Coaliton

All over our country, in places where shale fields are prevalent, across Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, California, and Ohio, parents are speaking out against extreme energy and for a renewable energy future and now. In other states, both upstream and downstream from these flash points, many parents have also come to realize that our children, their health, their future and now – is on the line and in our hands. In too many ways to count, we and our children have become experiments of 21st century extreme energy extraction. The precautionary principal has been tossed out the window and alongside our bodies and those of our children. We have become the hosts to toxic exposure and sites of unfolding and untested experiments.

As we meet and hear from Climate Mamas and Papas all around our country, our hearts break. The shale gas “revolution” is unfolding without regard for harm to our children and the air, water, soil and life that exists near and next to fracking wells and fossil fuel infrastructure. This Frankenstein like experiment isn’t confined to states with shale plays. The infrastructure that carries and moves the dregs and last drops sustaining our unsustainable fossil fuel based society, also is spewing toxins and poisoning into and around children all over our country.

Over the coming months, we will be highlighting for you brave Climate Mamas and Papas – their actions, organizations and events – who are helping all of us take notice and fight back for our children, their future and their now. Today we want to introduce you to Climate Papa extraordinaire, Adam Briggle from Denton, Texas Continue reading

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okchandsAs countries get ready to meet in Paris in late November to discuss the next steps in controlling our changing change, parents are talking to each other about what they too can and are doing about climate change. ClimateMama is thrilled to be a founding member of Our Kids Climate, a growing international coalition of parent and grandparent groups from around the world who have come together to demand bold action to protect the children we love from catastrophic climate change.

In towns and cities across the world, parents are talking about climate change and demanding climate action from their political, spiritual, business and community leaders. Climate change is a moral issue, it’s a health and economic crisis, and most importantly it impacts our children directly now. Join the conversation today. Remember the ClimateMama mantra: “Tell the truth, actions speak louder then words, and don’t be afraid.”


1. Sign the Our Kids Climate petition & share it with your friends
2. Post a selfie of you and your kids on social media use the hastag #OurKidsClimate; answer the question: what world do you want to see in 2050? Sample message: I’m using my parent power to support a 100% clean future for my kids. It’s #OurKidsClimate.
3. Create a video about why Climate Action is important to you and your family, share it with your friends and family and send to us so we can share it widely too!
5. Create a family action plan to address climate change.
Continue reading

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Logo_globe-only-flat copyAs Climate Mamas and Papas, we know that 2015 is a seminal year for climate solutions. While the “Road to Paris” may formally end in mid-December when countries under United Nations auspices announce their plans to reduce greenhouse gases and address climate change; this is in fact only the beginning. Armed with the facts, each of us can and MUST be part of the solutions, especially when it comes to our kids, their health and their future. On the Road to Paris and beyond, knowledge is key.

ClimateMama in conjunction with The Mothers Project, The Center for Environmental Health, and the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University, Long Island, New York is please to present an Educational Forum on Children’s Health and Impacts from Fossil Fuels, on October 15, 2015.

We have a star-studied line up from academia, policymakers and front-line communities. The program outline is as follows: Continue reading

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