bulbtreephotoHow to change a light bulb..? It seems like a pretty simple question, but for many of us, it isn’t as straightforward or as simple as it used to be, so this can create confusion and wrong choices!

Our friends at Energy Star have some great tips on how to truly make changing a light bulb simple. It’s Do Something Wednesday, here at ClimateMama, so join us as us as we hear from the experts at Energy Star about how to make “changing your light bulb” easy..

The four easy to remember and follow Energy Star steps are as follows: Continue reading

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pcmlogoThere’s been a lot of news and growing excitement lately about the September 21st Peoples Climate March in New York City; as there well should be! This will be a “moment in history” and an important opportunity to show our world leaders that we are watching them closely. We are no longer going to remain complacent, nor are we prepared to sit idly by while our leaders continue to talk, as our planet get sicker and our future and the future of our children becomes more and more difficult. As Climate Mamas and Papas, we hope that our presence at the Peoples Climate March in New York City will be part of the needed “spark” to activate our world leaders as well as to grow the climate movement exponential across the world, in unimagined and hopeful ways.

While September 21st will be a day that lives forever in many of our life stories – we want to share with you some incredible and compelling stories, that are already being told. If you haven’t already heard, there is a great climate march already underway, Climate Patriots and Marchers are steadily and surly making their way 3000 miles across the United States. These individuals are part of the Great March for Climate Action, an epic journey ON FOOT, that showcases the marchers concerns, and those of all Climate Mamas and Papas, as these committed individuals raises attention to the climate crisis we face, and the need for climate action and solutions.

Since March 1, 2014, a core group of climate marchers, joined along the way by supporters, have quietly but surely been walking across our country…..

ClimateMarchLogoLongRealisticWe are honored to share the story of Doug Grandt, a friend, Climate Reality Project colleague, father and mentor to all of us at ClimateMama, who joined the Marchers in July for 177 miles of their 3000 mile walk. Please make sure to take time and read other stories by inspiring marchers.These can be found on the Great March for Climate Action’s website.

Why on earth did I walk half-way across Nebraska during July? By Doug Grandt
This story is re-posted with permission and first appeared on the Great March for Climate Action website on August 5, 2014

I have asked myself that question several times. It was a bit of a struggle with some rain, wind, hot humid days, fatigue, tender feet … but there was also cloud cover, cool mornings, beautiful landscapes … it was an amazing experience. Yes, I would do it again. Continue reading

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mom&childforumphoto“Hear no evil, speak no evil, there is no evil.” Putting our heads in the sand, ignoring all the bad news on climate change won’t make it go away; especially when it comes to learning more about what may negatively impact our most precious and most vulnerable populations, our children.

Join us in New York City, September 19th, 2014 on the eve of the Peoples Climate March at a dynamic and unique opportunity to hear from mothers on the front lines, cutting edge scientists and innovative policy makers, making their voices heard. Register for: Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of our Children’s Health

The Mothers Project and ClimateMama, in collaboration with the new Sustainability and Environmental Justice Minor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Center for Environmental Health, will host an educational forum:

Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of our Children’s Health

When: Friday, September 19th from 6-8:45 pm
Where: Auditorium L63, 524 West 59th Street
(between 10th and 11th Ave)
New York City, New York 10019

Reception 5-6pm with light refreshments

This collaboration will be bringing together scientists doing cutting edge research, innovative policy makers at the city, state and international levels, and mothers from impacted communities. They will share studies, research and real world examples of the health impacts from conception into adulthood from fossil fuels, and why and how this little known aspect of the climate crisis must be recognized and addressed.

On expectations for this educational forum, Angela Fox, Founder of the Mothers Project, and one of the forum’s primary organizers, stated: “We hope that this forum will create more and quicker involvement in the demand for the development of sustainable forms of energy. We want their [the panelists] presentations to be pointed and deliver facts that may at times be uncomfortable to hear. It is my belief that nothing every changes unless it becomes personal. I think and I know you will agree that parents, and especially mothers, tend to take up a cause when the outcome will protect their children and keep them from harms way.”

The outline for the forum is detailed below. The forum will include opportunities for dialogue and question and answer sessions with the panelists.

Panel 1: The Science

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 3.12.45 PMThe Science Panel will be the foundation for everything that follows.

Panelists include: Continue reading

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 6.38.51 AMAt ClimateMama, we are pleased to be supporters of Greenpeace and its campaign to have LEGO break their co-promotion with Shell.

We have shared numerous wonderful videos that promote Greenpeace’s campaign to convince Lego that it is making a real and powerful mistake. Oil exploration and development in our Arctic is not something any of us should be proud of let alone should we support companies that are “whitewashing” policies and developing projects that harm the Arctic, destroy our environment and accelerate climate change.

We find it especially egregious that companies we have supported and trusted, would turn around and try to market products that by their very nature and intent, will hurt our children’s future and their now. The Arctic must be protect and taken care of, not exploited, used and abused…

Greenpeace has made a new short video that is a celebration of how children imagine the Arctic as a wonderful icy playground filled with exciting animals. Grab the kids in your life, join us, and watch it here, now:

LEGO prides itself on having parents’ trust and its continued promise of leaving a better world for children – we believe that this video demonstrates that LEGO is letting down kids with this deal. We hope you’ll agree! If you do, please share this with your friends, colleagues, family and neighbors, so that more children and their parents will join the campaign and put pressure on LEGO to break their co-promotion with Shell.

To help get your kids involved, Greenpeace has launched a creative and fun competition to support this campaign. The competition runs throughout the month of August. This building competition encourages children (big and small!) to use their imaginations to save the Arctic. So, if you are looking for projects for your children to do on rainy days this summer, or on any day actually, check out the contest and encourage all your “master lego builders” to enter. All they need is their imagination; what would they build to save the Arctic? Create it with Lego, take a photo and share it today..

The LEGO creation with the most votes wins…

Yours,

Climate Mama

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cmvzhaapgevywnqurbk1In the First Nation Lakota Sioux language, Wakan Tanka (Standard Lakota Orthography: Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka) is the term for “the sacred” or “the divine”. This is often translated as The Great Spirit.

At ClimateMama we regularly like to share with you the amazing work, project and ideas of our partners and fellow climate leaders. Today we want to showcase for you a very special and innovative film project, Wakan Tanka, commissioned by the Institute for Sustainability Education & Action (I-SEA).

As Climate Mamas and Papas, we KNOW that this film – its ideas and it’s focus on what we can all do to help our children and our mother earth – will resonate with you. Wakan Tanka, the film, can help us all learn about the many ways that we can inspire, create change and truly make a difference as we face the greatest challenge of our lifetime, climate change, together.

Wakan Tanka: Be Great Spirit
By Anna Larrina

eldersWakan Tanka, meaning in the First Nation Lakota Sioux language “Great Spirit,” is a powerful documentary film which interweaves the voices of environmental and aboriginal elders with a captivating fictional story that will engage youth on climate change. Continue reading

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Greenpeace hit the streets recently, to show off LEGO’s latest collaboration with Shell.

Like many of our Climate Mamas and Papas, we love LEGO. But we don’t love their partnership with Shell. The last few weeks, over a half a million people have called on LEGO to end this partnership. Shell’s trying to drill in one of the last pristine places on Earth – the Arctic. Not only does this potentially irreparably damage the Arctic, it also continues our dependency on fossil fuels, thereby accelerating climate change.

Greenpeace decided to have a little fun and make a LEGO set that would show the Arctic if Shell had it’s way and was allowed to drill there.

It’s “do something Wednesday” at ClimateMama, so…

Watch, share and now sign the petition to end this partnership and tell Lego to show our children that Lego cares about our future and our now!

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Please Note: An edited version of this post, The Climate Change Revolution Begins with You, first appeared on MSNBC.com, on 7/30/14

September 21, 2014 is shaping up to be a day for the history books. Echoing the words of Paulo Coelho, “Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.” That moment is now.

September 21st, 2014 will be a day that, when people ask: “Where were you when the world came together and changed for the better?” Without hesitation you will tell them: “I was in the streets of New York City, a part of the Peoples Climate March.

pcmlogoSurrounded by old friends, and new friends, by family, by neighbors and by tens of thousands of people from all walks of life, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds we will tell them: “ We came together to let the world know that we want and demand a brighter future for our children and ourselves.”

But least we forget, while lately there seems to be real hope on the horizon, hope doesn’t “spring eternal” and it certainly isn’t all “Kumbaya..” Continue reading

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In case you missed it…We are thrilled to bring you some environmental news highlights from the week of July 21st, curated by our friends and colleagues at The Green Diva Radio Show.

greendivasfarmBetter use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion more people: study

The world’s existing cropland could feed at least 3 billion extra people if it were used more efficiently, a new study has found, showing that the large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger.

More than half of the fertiliser currently poured on to crops in many countries is wasted, according to the study. About 60 percent of the nitrogen applied to crops worldwide is not needed, as well as about half of the phosphorus, an element whose readily available sources are dwindling.

Cutting waste even by modest amounts would also feed millions, the authors found: between one-third and a half of the viable crops and food produced from them around the world are wasted, in the developing world usually because of a lack of infrastructure such as refrigerated transport, and in the rich world because of wasteful habits. Read more…

A_large_fire_in_the_nightObama Attributes Washington State Wildfires to Climate Change

President Barack Obama is part of a “very long list” of global officials slated to attend a climate summit in September in New York, United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres said, and for good reason. Continue reading

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As Climate Mamas and Papas, we all have different “a ha” moments that lead us to our current collective path of trying to do more to assure a livable future for our children and grandchildren. We want to share with you “one grandfather’s story” about how he has become “part of the solution!”

350-pixelscover_boomer_warrior_logo3Join us for a short interview with Canadian Climate “GrandPapa” extraordinaire Rolly Montpellier, founder of Boomer Warrior. At ClimateMama, Rolly first came to our attention several years ago through his writing and on-line activism. We had the pleasure of meeting Rolly in person at a Climate Reality training in 2012.

In Rolly’s Voice, and his Words: Continue reading

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GDLogo_BlogTMIf you follow us on Social Media, you will often see us sharing quotes and stories from two of our favorite Green Divas, Meg and Lynn. Every week they bring to us light hearted but serious and hard hitting facts via radio broadcast and blog, with the goal of “inspire sustainable living from a guilt-free, low-stress perspective—making green information accessible to a broad audience using credible resources, humor and technology.”

At ClimateMama we LOVE the Green Divas and even have had the pleasure of being on the show and blogging for them..stay tuned for an upcoming program…

From time to time, we will bring you updates and reposts from “Green Diva Land”..and share with you things you might want to share with the kids in your life. We want to share with you a post first up on Green Divas on July 9th about “Diesel Rolling.” We put this in the Stupid Human Tricks category, and while at first it may make your kids laugh, when you take a moment and think about it..it’s not only really stupid but really sad….:( Climate Denial on a whole other level….

Guest Post By Green Diva Lynn:

I learned about coal rollin’ the hard way.
By seeing it.

Thankfully, I didn’t witness coal rollin’ in person.

Nonetheless, I am experiencing PTSD because of it. Thanks, Green Diva Meg, for bringing it to my attention. Yeah. Thanks a lot. Life was better when I didn’t know about coal rollin’ and those who participate in it.

WTF is coal rollin’? It’s not a term for rolling a new kind of extra noxious coal laced cigarette. Or something dogs do when they come across a pile of coal. Nope.

As quickly as I’d like to un-learn the facts about coal rollin’, I couldn’t avoid bringing the topic up in the latest Green Divas myEARTH360 Report. Listen and then continue on to learn more about it and other stuff that’s going on in environmental news (encouraging news included).

Just a quick “slice” of the quirky things that Green Diva’s bring our way..tune in directly, and stay tuned here, as we regularly share more great reporting by the Green Divas..

Yours,

ClimateMama

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