Calling all Climate Mamas and Papas who are bloggers and social media professionals or those who are thinking about working in this area. Some of our favorite Climate Mamas and Papas will be getting together in Manhattan Beach, California in late September for the second annual ShiftCon Social Media conference, it is an event not to be missed, and registration is filling up fast!
ShiftCon is the only social media conference focusing on wellness, health, and the environment. Climate change is an overarching umbrella – a nexus for all of these areas – and understanding these connections, and how our changing climate will impact our ability to maintain health and wellness as well as safeguard our environment, is critical for bloggers and social media folks to understand and incorporate into our views, posts, ideas and connections.
This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers from all over the United States and Canada – in one place. Bloggers and other social media professionals participate and collaborate with each other to inspire and empower each other to create effective communication and take their profession to the next level. Attendees participate in workshops, learn from professionals, discuss their niche and value systems, and decide on themes to collaborate on in the following year. This is a powerful event meant to organize the eco-wellness niche as a powerful community online. Continue reading →
We all watched in horror as Nepal was shaken, and then shaken again. The devastation to this peaceful and serene country from the April 2015 earthquake and it’s aftershocks, was horrible to watch and even harder to fathom. Yet out of the ashes, literally, comes light. Join us, as we work together to bring light to Nepal through the Light Up a life for a Better Nepal campaign.
At Climate Mama, we always and only share companies and products with you that WE personally support and that we know are “walking the walk” not just “talking the talk.” Join us and watch our friend and colleague, Steve Bushnell founder of the Climate Store, explain more about his company and why he’s so passionate about acting on climate change. Learn more about how the Climate Store can help us make personal changes that will reduce our own climate footprint and help us lead by example.
Steve echo’s a comment we hear from our Climate Mamas and Papas all the time: “Climate change is real. The debate is over and it’s time to act. The problem is that it is not clear what to do and what will make an impact.”
The Climate Store helps us make our own personal choices simpler, as they take the guessing out of our purchases by doing the hard work for us; vetting products and brands. According to Steve: “Our vision is to build a national sustainable brand that has all the information and products you need to reduce your carbon footprint – all in one place. No more cluttered, overwhelming aisles of light bulbs at Home Depot. We’re simplifying the shopping experience for everyone that wants to #kickcarbon! We’re all busy people. Shopping with the climate in mind needs to be fun and easy. We also have great resources for learning about climate change, how to get involved, and ideas for sustainable living that don’t cost a thing.”
It’s do something Wednesday here at ClimateMama. So check out the Climate Store. You can also help support the company directly as it grows new product lines and expands it’s outreach and impacts. The Climate Store’s kickstarter campaign is live for only a few more days… Join us and help the Climate Store reach it’s funding goal.
While it is critical and important that we each lead by example we must demand and expect the same from all our leaders: corporate, houses of worship, and elected office. This year in particular, with all nations (including our own) currently formulating and finalizing their own country climate action plans for reducing country greenhouse gas emissions, insuring that government representatives at all levels recognize that importance of acting on climate, is critical. We will continue to bring you updates here on our Climate Mama blog, on the Road to Paris, and the UN Climate Meeting (UNFCC COP21) which will take place in Paris, France later this year. We all, must dig deep and make serious commitments that help us at every level reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow down climate change.
We love showing off the amazing things that our favorite Climate Mamas and Papas do. If you haven’t already guessed it, Climate Mama extraordinaire, Joylette Portlock, and her Communitopia Don’t Just Sit There Do Something Videos are some of our very favorite and fun videos to share with the kids in our life.
Take a few moments, watch and share Joylette’s latest video: “WATER YOU TALKING ABOUT.”
Joylette reminds in a fun and easy way, that our planet has a fever and it’s our job to help the planet heal. Also, Joylette reminds us that we must stand up for our planet by voting for the climate. This means understanding clearly what our elected representatives in Congress and in our own home town are doing, or are NOT doing, to help address the climate crisis.
Taking Joylette’s lead, a June 17th article in the Washington Post looks at fresh water in the world, and reminds us that our world aquifers are something we must not take for granted!
Petty Officer 3rd class Campbell, U.S. Navy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Heart to heart, we Climate Mamas and Papas have many conversations with our children, born and unborn. We share out loud, in our thoughts, in our prayers and directly through our actions our commitment to making sure that climate truth is told, however painful this may be. We fight against our climate heartache by working each day to build a better, safer and more secure world for our children and ourselves.
We are honored to share with you the thoughts, fears and hopes of Julianna Fischer in the form of a letter she has written to her unborn child. Julianna is a student at Western University in Bellingham, Washington. Eloquently and passionately, through her letter to her unborn child, Julianna shares her love for the special place where she has grown up, and her desire and passion to make sure that this special place will be there for her unborn child to cherish and enjoy too. This post first appeared on Julianne’s blog, The Climate is Calling and I Must Go, on June 8, 2015. We are thrilled to repost her letter on ClimateMama, in it’s entirety.
A letter to my Unborn Child
What if I were to tell you, we could have stopped this? You never had to live in a world like you do my love. So many lives lost, ecosystems destroyed, and hardships faced… all for what? My baby, my unborn child, I tried. I tried to make sure you lived in a world that is as beautiful as when I was your age. But you will probably never see half of the beauty I see in the world today.
When I was a little girl, I lived right off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean; I could smell the salt in the air while I waited for the school bus each morning. My brother, my sister, and I would ride our bikes down to the beach with your grandmother all the time. We would pick out the prettiest shells to take home and line our walkway with. We would overturn the rocks in the shallow water on a hunt for little crabs burrowing in the shade. The gulls would caw overhead always ready to eat the crust from my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Continue reading →
Attention all Climate Mamas and Papas, please take a moment and join us in signing this Avaaz petition. Together, we are putting our world leaders on notice, and demanding that they “cut the red tape” and “act on climate”…
Take a few moments, and read the letter below from Lima, Peru Climate Mama Extraordinaire, Yoca, Cut the Red Tape petition author. Learn more about why the upcoming Unite Nations December Climate meetings in Paris are critical for our children’s future and now, and why we all must demand real action from our world leaders. Our children are watching, and we DO NOT have any time to waste.
Paris, December 2015 | The most important meeting of the Planet | Will you be there?
By Yoca Arditi-Rocha
There are times when certain events define history and sometimes…even our fate. Coming December this year, Paris is that time. The time when all governments decide to act upon the biggest threat humanity & future generations have ever face, climate change.
Photo Credit: Peoples Climate March
As a mother, I don’t take these claims lightly. In fact, I have made it my mission to get people like you and me know and understand more about why is happening and what is at stake. For the past 9 years I have been calling upon climate action after having experienced the consecutive pounding of hurricanes in our home in Miami and my children’s schools seemed the perfect place to start. Several years have gone by and many more destructive climate related events (Katrina, Typhoon Haiyan, Sandy, California’s drought, Russia’s Heat wave, Colorado’s fires, Bangladesh’ floods…) are more recurring worldwide making even more evident and imperative that action was needed “yesterday…and now, today! Continue reading →
Climate Mamas and Papas come in many shapes, sizes, nationalities and ages. An increasingly vocal and visible group are those mamas and papas who identify themselves as elders; those who are witnesses with experience and knowledge earned through living many years on our planet. These elders are regularly seen standing shoulder to shoulder with younger generations. These elders are demanding a chance for our youth; a chance to live in a world that is hospitable, safe, secure and sustainable and which isn’t ravaged nor doomed by climate change. These elders have recognized that on their watch, the epoch of the anthropocene has emerged. But at the same time, they are fighting back for control and a livable future and now. Join us as we share with you this wonderful post by Ellen Moyer which offers insights about the many climate elders groups springing up around the planet, and what is driving them. We are reposting Ellen’s article with permission from our friends and colleagues at Boomer Warrior.
Climate Action by Elders
by Ellen Moyer
Elders the world may be our best hope for solving the “super wicked” problem of climate change. Short-term thinking created our current climate predicament. Despite warnings and predictions from the scientific community, the developed world spewed greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Given that problems, solutions, costs, and benefits play out over time frames spanning generations, the situation calls for intergenerational climate-change activism.
Photo Credit: We are Seneca Lake
Why would seniors enlist in the crusade? They have a long view due to the number of years they have already lived, during which many have witnessed changes in the climate. Many also have passion to protect their children and grandchildren. Halfdan Wiik of Norwegian Grandparents Climate Campaign says, “For me, it’s all about love and optimism. Elders of today have lived our lives in a world of great changes, for good and for bad. We know it can be changed once more.”
Elders often work with a sense of urgency, realizing that they may have relatively few years left in which to leave their legacy. And generally speaking — and with countless exceptions — compared with younger people, elders often have more free time, financial resources, wisdom, experience, economic and political clout, sense of connection to nature, and freedom from worries about job security, mortgages, and dependents. Continue reading →
ClimateMama took part in the Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) actions in Washington, DC, from May 21-29, 2015. Over 70 organizations – big and small – individuals, families and new friends from all around the country came together to call out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Instead of moving us towards a new, powerful reliable and renewable energy system, FERC seems stuck in the past, approving new and massive fossil fuel infrastructure projects which are hurting our communities, our children’s health, our environment and our future. It’s time for a change.
Regularly, at events organized in our nation’s capital, as well as at events in communities all over the country, ClimateMama has the privilege and honor of meeting many strong, brave and dedicated individuals who have their eyes wide open; making connections between what is happening in their communities and how this is and will impact our future and that of our children.
In my home state of New Jersey, I have had the honor of watching in action and getting to know Diane Wexler, one of these very special individuals. Diane is a mother and grandmother, as well as the co-founder of Northjersey Pipeline Walkers. Diane travels around the region helping others understand what has happened in her own backyard and how to connect the dots between what is holding us to the past and the amazing opportunities that are right in front of us – if only we just opened our eyes. Diane is a Climate Mama extraordinare who personifies our motto: “tell the truth, actions speak louder then words, and don’t be afraid.”
Join us as Diane shares some of her thoughts, her hopes and her dreams… We know that if Diane has anything to do with it, the future is indeed a hopeful one for us all.
I need a healthy planet for my granddaughter to grow up on.
Thoughts by Diane Wexler
Diane: Northjersey Pipeline Walker
I have seen first hand and stood on a pipeline under construction and I have seen the absolute destruction and lack of respect for this planet. I have seen streams choked to death because of the dust and dirt kicked up during construction. Now in our New Jersey state park, we have a 200 foot wide swath that runs all the way from Montague (at the Delaware river) through to Mahwah in Northern New Jersey, all for a 36″ pipe. Continue reading →
This weekend, across the globe, Climate Mamas and Papas are marching for healthy living, healthy foods and a clear and transparent approach to what we feed our families. The March Against Monsanto targets one of the worlds largest chemical and seed giants. Monsanto has become a rallying point for families who are demanding their right to know what is on and in the food they are serving their children, and how both the chemicals and techniques used that alter our foods may also be impacting the world around us.
Climate change impacts our growing seasons and has a ripple effect the world over on the food options we have and our access to abundant and healthy choices. Knowing if our food crops have been treated with pesticides, if the water used to nurture these crops is clean and chemical free, and if the seeds used to grow our food have been altered, also takes on a relevant and critical perspective as we live climate change.
On May 23rd, 2015 Climate Mamas and Papas are marching, parading, singing, speaking out and being heard, as we demand healthy foods choices and a clear and transparent approach to what we feed our families.
In New Jersey, ClimateMama is pleased to be one of the endorsers of the Food Matters March and Parade in Sparta. Climate Mama extraordinaire Wendie, one of the Parade coordinators, told us recently that: “This march takes the offensive approach and pushes the positive.” She shared how march organizers have been discussing their desire to: “move the ball offensively down the field focusing on what we DO want to see in our society.” As such, there will be many “forward minded banners” for this March Against Monsanto, solidarity parade as families, friends and neighbors march with signs supporting real food, pesticide free crops and healthy living choices. Following the Parade, attendees will then move to the adjacent Dykstra Park were they will STAND against Monsanto waving their banners high and hearing from key NJ Environmental leaders.
We at Climate Mama stand strong and in solidarity this weekend with all Climate Mamas and Papas around the world as parents raise attention to how our food and food choices are being impacted by some of the largest companies in the world, often without our say, behind our backs and without our knowledge.
Food Matters March: “Gentle Harvest” Photo, Copyright- Ellen Hoverkamp
Today, on “Do Something Wednesday,” Climate Mamas and Papas will be in Tarrytown, New York at a public meeting of the Nuclear Regulator Commission, calling for some “reality” regarding the approval of a 42 inch natural gas line, a stone’s throw away from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Also, today in Reading, NY 16 mothers – part of the citizens group We Are Senaca Lake - will be in court as a result of their arrests just before Mothers Day 2015, defending their children’s rights to clean air, clean water, and a livable future.
All week long, and committed to being heard for “as long as it takes” Climate Papas and Mamas, many of whom are being called, “Kayaktists, are rallying, speaking out and being seen in Seattle, Washington, protesting Shell and it’s unsustainable and incredibly dangerous plans to drill for fossil fuels in our fragile Arctic, using Seattle as a staging ground.
Also, beginning Thursday, May 21st through May 29th, Climate Mamas and Papas will be gathering in Washington, DC to bring to light the hypocrisies and dubious dealings of the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC), an “independent” government agency tasked with regulating the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. Given it’s mandate, one would assume that understanding and connecting the dots between this role and climate impacts would be of paramount importance. But instead FERC is pushing forward the vast expansion of fracked gas and it’s infrastructure, with no regard for the ongoing and compounding damages to our and our children’s health as well as the very real probability that their actions will push us over the “climate cliff” which scientists tell us we are fast approaching. As FERC senior staff have stated numerous times, “climate change impacts are NOT part of our considerations.”
One of our favorite Climate Mama’s Linda, said it well when she told us: “The mandate and reach of FERC must be revisited and revised by Congress. We must connect the dots at all levels and jump into the future now, there is no bridge, there is only a cliff. There is no Planet B.” Linda goes on to say that: “This wasn’t part of our plans when we put down roots in our communities and birthed our children. But this is where we find ourselves now; experts on technical topics we never imagined. We have discovered that there is no one minding the store. We are still your mothers, your sisters, your neighbors, your coworkers and your friends. But we also see what’s at stake and we are standing up, speaking out and fighting back. Our children know this and they are watching.”
As Ted Glick, one of the organizers of the Beyond Extreme Energy campaign explained in a May 18, 2015 EcoWatch article: “Many of us who had never heard of FERC, now understand that it is [has become] a rubber stamp for the fossil fuel industry. A month ago a story, Employees negotiate for industry jobs under agency’s eye, published by E&E’s Greenwire reported on the corrupt, internal FERC culture which explains FERC’s rubber-stamping ways.”
If this makes you mad, sad and wondering what you can do, please join us in Washington DC from May 21-29th, as part of the Beyond Extreme Energy actions. We will be joining other Climate Mamas and Papas from around the country – families from frontline communities. All of us are “frontline communities” in the fight against climate change. If we hope to slow down climate change and create a livable future for our children, we must demand a “time out” on fossil fuel expansion, and all it’s infrastructure. We will be calling on Cheryl Lafluer – former FERC Chair, and FERC Commissioner – herself a mother, to reconsider her narrow interpretation of FERC’s mandate, and stand with us, as we stand up for our children’s future and now. Our children our watching.
Are you planning to or already marching, rallying and calling for action in your neighborhood? Send us your pictures and your stories. Let us share them with our ClimateMama family for you!
Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.
You are a mother, a father, a grandparent, an uncle, an aunt, a teacher or a child at heart. When you hear the Native American saying, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”, it makes you stop for a moment and think. You love nature, travel, adventure and believing in a world that is special and unique. Climate change and global warming are words that alarm you, that often seem too big to get your arms around. You care about what’s happening to the world and notice small changes in your own life that seem to point in the direction of a threatened environment. But you wonder if these changes are real, and if they are you can’t imagine what you can do to help change what is happening.
Climate Change so often seems too big to get our hands around. We wonder where we can start and how we can actually make a difference. Each one of us has a different path that we will follow. Some of us cut a wider swath than others, but each of us has a role to play. We would like to introduce you to some amazing individuals, Climate Mamas and Papas who are making a difference, who are, through their daily lives, affecting the lives of all of us. They inspire us, empower us, and challenge us to reach for the stars, to strive to do the best we can to help change the crash course we are currently on with our environment. Lets meet some of these amazing people and find out what inspires them. Meet our featured Climate Papa, Gregg Kleiner, today!
The Climate Reality Project employs cutting-edge communications and grassroots engagement tools to break the dam of inaction and raise the profile of the climate crisis to its proper state of urgency. With a Global movement of more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of Climate Leaders trained by Al Gore, the Climate Reality Movement stands up to denial, presses for solutions and spreads the truth about climate change to empower leaders to solve the climate crisis. Climate Reality is leading the way and helping us find and hold onto Climate Hope!