As parents, our ClimateMama community is well in tune with our collective and individual responsibilities as parents; to create as safe and secure a future and now that we can for our children and ourselves. We have done the research and we are attune to the changes around us. Our climate and our planet are both changing and in many, many ways not for the better. We know intellectually and intuitively that we humans have a direct role in creating these changes, and we also know we can have a direct role in slowing these changes down.
There are parents among us – scientists and researchers – whose work and studies show them without a doubt, that our actions are causing our planet to change. These parents are raising their voices with us – using their authority as scientists and their studies and research as the basis of their call to action – for their children and ours.
We are therefore thrilled and honored to be part of the launch and promotion of a new website, More than Scientists which shares the stories of accomplished scientists, who beyond their lab coats, are community members, parents, and concerned citizens, just like all of us. It’s personal for these scientists; they are speaking out even as they face personal threats and attacks for sharing the truth. For many of them, their children give them their courage and inspire their hope. They, as we do, hope desperately that we will all come to our senses before we force our planet and ourselves to a point of no return. Please join me in supporting these brave men and women; let’s applaud them and encourage them to keep their voices strong and loud – we need them to speak out so that we all can act.
Take a moment today, and watch one or all of the many very special videos from More Than Scientists. Share these videos with the kids in your life and check back often to catch new videos as they are released. Today we chose to share this video “A Penguin for Avani” with you.
Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Director of Research from the 5 Gyres Institute made this for his 2 1/2 year old daughter. Like all the dedicated scientists that More thanks Scientists showcase, Dr. Eriksen often finds that his work takes him away from his family, as he and his colleagues work diligently on studies and research that provides us with the knowledge and data we need to spur change and create climate hope. Climate change is the greatest threat any of us will ever face. It also presents many incredible opportunities too, as personally and collectively we can change the future for the better, if we begin now. Continue reading