WomenActForClimateJusticeMeme1ClimateMama is honored to partner with the Women’s Earth And Climate Action Network (WECAN) in the lead up to the next round of global climate talks – COP22 – which will be held in Marrakech, Morocco beginning November 7, 2016. Join us for this exciting opportunity to show the world we are watching what our governments are doing and saying and we are not waiting – we are taking action now. There is room and space for everyone; you can join in as an individual, as part of a group, or as part of an organization or team – no action is too small, nor too large! Find out more below.

According to WECAN, ‘Women Act for Climate Justice — Ten Days of Global Mobilization’ is an opportunity for women and girls from around the world to organize together and show resistance to environmental and social degradation. Examples include: speaking about and taking action to highlight the climate impacts our communities are facing; showcasing resistance struggles which are ongoing or new; and demonstrating the many effective, just and safe climate solutions, strategies and political calls that are being implemented everyday by women and girls around the world.

no oil alanaYour action can be as simple as taking a photo of yourself and your family holding up a sign, messages could include: “Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground”, ‘Keep the oil in the soil’, ‘No Gender Justice without Climate and Ecological Justice’,”No Climate Justice, Without Gender Justice”, “Water is Life”, ‘No Healthy Oceans, no Life”;“Climate Justice Now”, “Women for 100% Renewable Energy”,”#WomenClimateJustice and on, and on…

Another option could be organizing a town-hall meeting, holding vigils and demonstrations, rallies, sit-ins, marches, educational events, art projects, and other actions and statements to showcase local struggles and solutions being offered by women leaders and their communities. For more ideas and actions check out the WECAN website.
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Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 8.30.57 AMHope and pride in both our political process and the people who stand for election has been eroded and tested – to an extreme. Is our system broken? Can it be fixed? We seem to have reached a low point in our nation’s history; a time where so many people are considering not going to the polls, not voting, and not exercising our democratic right. If we hope to fix and strengthen our democracy we must show ourselves, and the world that people still have power, and that our system can be fixed and used for good.

We want to introduce you to an incredible Climate Mama, Pramilla Malick, who is running for state office in New York State’s 42nd district. Pramilla believes we can fix our system and that she can and will be part of the change. Taking on an incumbent who was running unopposed, Pramilla gives us hope and inspiration that the best can rise to the surface and that we can not only overcome the morass we have become mired in, but that we can make our world – locally, nationally and globally a better and a more hopeful place – a place where change for the good does happen.

Parmilla is a busy mother of four, who works in the information technology sector and has always been active in her community. But in 2011, when a gas compressor station was being built in her New York town, she not only got curious she took action. Pramilla began speaking out, insisting on facts about what this would mean to the health and welfare of people living near the compressor station. Pramilla organized her community to demand answers too. She helped her neighbors have their voices heard in federal court in Washington DC and she has selflessly helped other towns and neighborhoods around the country learn more about the health and environmental impacts of gas infrastructure. Pramilla continues to show us how each of us can make a difference. She embodies our Climate Mama motto: “Tell the truth, actions speak louder then words, and don’t be afraid.”

IMG_7291Along her journey Pramilla has spoken at local and national forums, she has marched in rallies, she has worked with educators, scientists and politicians to bring the facts and the truth to the surface. Pramilla has also been a leader in non-violent direct action, raising attention to our climate crisis. Pramilla fasted for days in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC, bringing a face and a mother’s voice to the impacts of our energy choices, and the critical crossroads we face as a country. She has also put her body on the line and has been arrested standing up for her beliefs; defending our future and now. Pramilla has helped so many connect the dots between justice, income inequality, our health, the environment, our energy choices and climate change. Pramilla is everywhere demanding the truth and she never takes no for an answer. Parmilla is the example we can point to when we talk to our children about people running for elected office. We can tell them: “This is who you can look up to.”

We know that there are many amazing Climate Mamas and Papas around the country, who – like Pramilla – are actively running for office and haven’t given up. These people, your neighbors and friends, likely do not have the media spotlight shining on them. But they are there, asking for our vote – willing and able to make our system stronger and better; support them, help them get elected.

Wherever you live in our country, find out who is running for office in your district – not just at the national level, but also at the state and local levels too. Attend one of their debates, peruse their website, call their office and ask questions. While there is only one Pramilla, there are many people running for office that deserve our vote, our time and our energy. Be an example for your children, take them to your polling station and let them watch you vote. Show them there are good people in our country who will work to champion and create real policies that will put people to work, protect our children’s health, our water and our air, and work directly to address the climate crisis we face.

Are you registered to vote? Is your neighbor, your friend, your voting age child? If not make sure they register. We can’t be a part of the change unless we all participate.


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 Hurricane Matthew, 10/7/16. National Weather Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hurricane Matthew, 10/7/16. National Weather Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What can we do to slow down the impacts of climate change in our communities? We get asked this question all the time as families grapple with the realities of climate change and partisan politics get’s in the way of broad policies. Fortunately there is much we can do and much that can be done at the municipal and state levels to address the realities of our changing climate.

We are pleased to share the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) new online guide, which explains how communities can better protect and prepare themselves from the weather and climate impacts that Mother Nature is throwing at us. One of the greatest concerns for the US east coast from Hurricane Matthew was storm surge, how to slow down and manage the ocean as it travels inland in big storms. Iowa’s recent flooding and the current drought in Massachusetts and other eastern coast and west coast states, are conditions which, while becoming more common, are ones we can plan for and be better prepared for.

According to the Guide, “the goal of resilient landscape planning and design is to retrofit communities to recover more quickly from extreme events, now and in the future.” The guide includes hundreds of case studies and resources demonstrating multi-benefit systems as well as small-scale solutions. It also explains landscape architects’ role in the planning and design teams helping to make communities more resilient. Continue reading

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Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 2.49.53 PMAt ClimateMama, one of the most hopeful and encouraging things we do, is meet – and then introduce our community to – special Climate Mamas and Papas. These are folks from around the country who are acting mindfully, with purpose and intent, to push against and slow down climate change. They are often as well, taking those “extra steps” to educate and encourage others to take actions too; building up and replenish our climate hope.

We want to introduce you to Brenda Cummings, a New Jersey Climate Mama. Brenda has written a new book, “I am a Hugger” which with our help, will be available to all of our children very soon. The book is a funny but factual take on trees and why they deserve our hugs! You can read more about I am a Hugger here. Join us now, and in her own words, learn more about Brenda, and why she inspires us all at Climate Mama!

The Story of Granny Green and her Green Machine
By Brenda Cummings

I am a mother, wife, actor, singer, writer and illustrator. We lived in NYC up until 15 years ago, when my husband inherited the tiny old house in suburban NJ where he grew up. We had lived on the lower east side of Manhattan for 17 years and agreed that this was our last chance to have a house with a garden, adopt a child and get a dog. So we nestled in, adopted our lovely, 10 month old daughter and I devoted myself to her care. I thought it would be easy to go back to theater work once she was in elementary school… Continue reading

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Merriam Webster Dictionary: schizophrenia

“contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes.”

As our climate crisis grows, as we demand climate solutions and as we get closer and closer to the climate cliff… the direction and actions of our leaders – in government, industry, finance, and in our communities – often seem schizophrenic when and where it comes to our energy choices. The choices we make – clearly and directly – impact our ability to slow down the climate crisis. Yet tragically, our leaders regularly both confuse and confound us. One of the instruments of this confusion is FERC, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

ClimateMama is pleased to join more than 180 organizations from around the country who are calling on the Chairs of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to SLOW DOWN and Reform the Natural Gas Act, and as part of this process, to hold oversight hearings on FERC.

Our main asks are the following:

fercdoesnt1. Hold congressional hearings to learn the many ways communities are being harmed by FERC’s implementation of the Natural Gas Act as currently written;

2. Take swift affirmative action to reform the Natural Gas Act so as to better protect communities including eliminating the threats associated with natural gas infrastructure; and

3. Oppose, or at a minimum hold in abeyance, any further advancement of the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 which includes language intended to further “streamline” an already misused, and well streamlined, process for advancing the review and approval of natural gas infrastructure until you have learned, through the hearing requested above, how people’s rights, state’s rights, and the environment are already being abused under the implementation of the Natural Gas Act and how they will be further harmed by passage of provisions proposed in the new law. Continue reading

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110824_sabin_445Labor day has come and gone and our children are beginning a new school year. As parents, we have done everything we can to ensure that our children will have a safe, happy and successful start for this new school year. Or have we?

We helped our children pack their healthy lunches, we filled their reusable water bottles, we sent them with a special snack, and we ensured that their backpacks have all required books, binders and supplies. We walked our children to school – making sure we looked both ways as we crossed the street; we put them on the school bus – meeting the new bus driver; and we drove them to school, buckling them in carefully and following the new traffic pattern as we arrived at their school, ensuring that all children are safe in the school parking lot. And of course, we put their ICE card in a safe and easily findable spot in their backpack. ICE card? What’s that? Continue reading

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Back to school is around the corner for many of us and for some of our Climate Mama and Papa families, back to school has already begun. We want to share a few of our musings, products suggestions, and thoughts on staying calm and sane as that first day of school fast approaches.

First, on the product end of things, at ClimateMama we often talk about how important it is to reuse, repurpose and “re-find” some of those back to school items you tossed in your drawer and forgot about ie. items you bought and then didn’t have time to use but may be able to use again. Make sure to take an “inventory” of what you already have on hand before you head online or out to the store for school supplies.

Second, it is really, really important, with school supplies and in fact with any products you buy, to support those companies that are taking a stand for sustainability, that are concerned about a product’s lifecycle and that try to incorporate recycled, content, organic products, and innovative packaging (less is more) into their designs. Let your kids be an example of their, yours, and your family’s efforts at living sustainably and promoting a healthier planet, one recycled pencil, binder, reusable water bottle, and lunch container at a time! Two products that will be going to school with our families this year are Packit Freezable lunch containers and Justin nut butter snacks; both suggestions of one of our favorite partners, Stonyfield. Both Justins and Packet were started by individuals looking to make a difference by creating quality products and doing so in sustainable way.

Finally, as we get close to the November and electing a new and different President, for the first time in 8 years, politics in the USA already seems at its worst rather then at its best. As parents we want to put our best foot forward for our children and set a great example, not a cynical one. Remind your children that voting is our right and our obligation. Do your research well. On climate change and many other issues there are clear and definitive choices.


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P.S. One more critical and important item to add to your children’s backpack, an ICE (in case of emergency) card. We will be sharing more about the. #GetReadyGetSafe program of Save the Children and National Preparedness Month, so stay tuned!

P.S. The opinions and thoughts contained in this post are 100% ours at ClimateMama. We did received samples from Justin’s and Packit so that we could review and share our thoughts with you.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 9.45.13 AM“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

Rachel Carson Silent Spring, 1962

August 25th is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.

Do you know where you can find our nation’s first National Park, and which park that is? Fun Fact to share with the kids in your life: “The FIRST US National Park is Yellowstone, which was created in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Yellowstone is mostly in Wyoming, but parts of the park extend into Idaho and Montana. In it’s entirety, the US National Park system includes 412 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshore, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. Chances are you live near one these, and entrance is free for you and your family from August 25-28th.

As Climate Mamas and Papas, we need to be the guides, the pied pipers and the role models extraordinaire when it comes to showing our kids why they should be outside exploring nature. While our children may know and learn much more than we do about the threats our planet faces, like climate change, their direct contact with nature is likely much less then ours was when we were kids. As more and more people live more “urban” lives, and as technology plays a bigger part in our more limited free time, our hands on relationship with nature and that of our children’s, has been reduced.

Used with permission: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

Used with permission: Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

Richard Louv, in his book, The Last Child in The Woods, uses the example of visits to the national park system and how they have dropped significantly since the late 1980s’s as one example of our growing disconnect with nature. He ties this with a 2006 study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago who show that an overwhelming percentage of the drop in attendance at our national parks (more than 90%!) is due to the increased time Americans spend plugged into electronics. Other reasons included: “shorter vacation time, shortage of family time, the shrinking American “road trip,” a decline in park budgets and services, and increased entrance fees.”

So if you haven’t already done so this summer, UNPLUG AND UNPLUG your kids, and get outside! Visit one of our amazing, incredible and unique national parks, monuments, sites and recreation areas. The are OURS and OURs to explore, visit and get to know. Keep a family log of visits, see how many you can get to.

And if you can’t get to a National Park, get outside anyway!

Here are our TOP 5 warm weather favorite outdoor activities you can do with the children in your life: Continue reading

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Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 5.32.01 AMAs Climate Mamas and Papas the examples we set for our children, our friends, and our families – in small and big ways – remains our legacy and our quest. As we all try to live life with a smaller “footprint” we must always remember to continue to celebrate and live our lives to the fullest. So, when we look for a gift to give – one that is special and unique, yet one that also shows we are giving with our planet in mind, one of the places we have reached out to in the past is UncommonGoods.

UncommonGoods is an online market place that brings us unique and carefully crafted designs, that are made with sustainability in mind. In addition to beautiful and special things, UncommonGoods has a special “sustainability” program called Better to Give. When we talk sustainability many people immediately focus on things like materials, packaging and energy efficiency. These are, of course, important and critical. Another important linkage however, and one that is less commonly part of the core values and practices of an organization or company is: giving back and paying it forward.

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 6.47.18 AMBetter to Give is a program that allows customers to choose a partner that UncommonGoods then donates $1 to from every order. Since the Better to Give program began at UncommonGoods, over $1,000,000 has been donated to organizations around the world. Currently, funds are being collected for:

RAINN (Rape,Abuse and Incest National Network) the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

American Forests protects and restores forests worldwide, helping to preserve the health of our planet for the benefit of its inhabitants.

International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to refugees and families devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.

Reach Out and Read is a national organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

At ClimateMama we are happy to highlight UncommonGoods and it’s philosophy, mission and way of doing business as a model that, if other companies adopted, we feel would make the world a much better place. Thanks UncommonGoods!



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farmersmarketFor many of us the summer season is prime time to get reacquainted with fresh fruits and vegetables at the same time as we get reacquainted with our local farmers! Summer is often a great time to promote healthier living and eating healthier foods at home. Many of our Climate Mamas and Papas regularly visit farmers markets – to support local agriculture, to see old friends, to make new ones, and to help remind our children where our food really comes from.

Funny and fearless Climate Mama extraordinaire, Joylette Portlock, helps us “dig a little deeper” in her latest video,“The Dirt on Agriculture.” Joylette helps us connect the dots between our food, where it comes from and climate change. She also offers suggested action we can take immediately, including linking to a sustainable food directory and to the Union Of Concerned Scientists, who are running a “Plate of the Union” campaign to reform food policy.

Grab the kids in your life and watch this humorous and thoughtful video now.

Remember, “Don’t just sit there, do something!” All of us have a role to play in creating a livable and sustainable future and now.


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