Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 5.02.50 PM“Respect your Elders,” a life lesson we all teach our children. Yet, do WE actually live by this lesson? Many of our elders, with vast experience and knowledge on climate change facts, science and solutions are speaking out and telling us to wake up and take action. Yet, we seem to be stuck in a “dream state” paralyzed and unable to take and demand the actions needed to slow down and change direction from the crash course we are currently on.

We are honored and thrill to share A Grandfather’s Lament, a guest post by Larry Schweiger, Climate Papa extraordinaire, immediate past president of the National Wildlife Federation, Climate Reality Leader and Mentor, father to 3 grown daughters and grandfather to 5 wonderful grandchildren. Larry offers clear guidance, rational and reasoning as to why we must move forward on climate solutions, now. Our mantra at ClimateMama, “Tell the truth, Actions Speak Louder then Words, Don’t be Afraid.” Larry’s call to action this “Grandfather’s Lament” is framed around similar guidelines: “Seek the truth, have the courage to act upon truth, leave a legacy, ethics in action and a recommitment.” Larry will be marching at the Peoples Climate March in New York City on September 21st, 2014. Join him..or join a soldiery action wherever you are….

A Grandfather’s Lament
Larry J. Schweiger
This post was first published on September 7, 2014 on EcoNotes.

The Tragedy of the Commons revisited

A man holds a glass filled with water from Lake Erie on August 3, 2014. Toledo’s water supply intake sits in the background. Photo copyright Dave Zapotosky.

A man holds a glass filled with water from Lake Erie on August 3, 2014. Toledo’s water supply intake sits in the background. Photo copyright Dave Zapotosky.

Standing on a heavily polluted Lake Erie Beach watching what was to be the end of the famed blue pike, I made a childhood promise to God that if given the opportunities, I would spend my life fighting pollution and the destruction of creation. This vow has led me to a series of life choices with progressive responsibility in the environmental field. My early decision also opened opportunities to work with, and be mentored by some of America’s greatest contemporary conservation leaders. Together we fought hard and long to make a difference. Continue reading

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nurturingfamilyA while back we did a book review of “Nurturing the Soul of Your Family” by Renée Trudeau. Over the past few years, many of us at ClimateMama have been reading non-stop, climate related books, and to take the “time” to read something about “nurturing our souls,” seemed way off track, and not a priority. Boy was I wrong. I loved Renée’s book and it touched me deeply, in a myriad of important ways.

In particular, for me, as the urgency of the climate crisis becomes crystal clear, and as we work to help others grasp what we are up against, “chaos” in every way, shape and form seems often to take hold. Renée has helped us step back, and realize we can’t do it all, and that we must take time to find time for joy in the moment; through our friends, our family and through nature. To do this, we must take the time, to nurture ourselves.

We are pleased to share this guest post by Renée with you. If you, like us are sending your children back to school this month, Renée thoughtful strategies will come in handy.

Six Back-to-School Strategies to Help You Stress Less & Simplify Your Life

by, Renée Peterson Trudeau

In the Native American tradition, September signifies the start of a new year. It certainly feels this way to me. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of the school year signifies opportunity, a time for a fresh start and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, scheduling and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, and consider the following ideas for a simpler, less stressful school year. Adopting even one of these ideas could make a huge difference in how you experience this potentially hectic time. Begin with compassion and baby steps as you consider the following: Continue reading

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Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.06.02 PM“Tell the truth, actions speak louder then words, and don’t be afraid.” Our mantra and words we live by. Over this past year, we have been thrilled to be part of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Snack Food 20 Campaign; a campaign targeted at the world’s largest snack food companies that demands the truth, uses strong actions and shows us that we needn’t be afraid!

Our ask, in fact our demand, is that these companies stop using Conflict Palm Oil; and many of these companies have listened, and are doing just that. One company that hasn’t seemed to be listening closely though, is PepsiCo.

So together with two of our favorite Climate Mamas, Debra and Susan we are calling on another very powerful Mama, Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico, to use her influence “to tell the truth, to use her actions to make positive change, and to show others that we needn’t be afraid to make the changes we have to, to ensure a sustainable and livable future for us all.”

Open letter to Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

Dear Ms. Nooyi,

pepsico1Our names are Harriet, Susan and Debra. We are three mothers who live in your community, in the tri-state area of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. We are witnesses, first hand and in our own communities, to the impacts of climate change. Our thoughts, concerns, fears and hopes – are for our children, for their future and their now. We are reaching out to you in regards to the historic leadership opportunity you face right now on the issue of climate change and palm oil. We are writing as fellow mothers, daughters, and working women. We are representatives of and speak for thousands of mothers around the country – neighbors, friends, relatives, as well as Rainforest Action Network members, who share our concerns that climate change is a direct threat to our children’s future.

As part of the launch of Showtime’s groundbreaking series Years of Living Dangerously in April, we and tens of thousands of concerned people signed onto a public petition asking you a question that remains unanswered: “Given that palm oil is known to be a major cause of carbon pollution causing climate change, and that you have spoken out that this is an issue that is important to you and that PepsiCo is a major global user of palm oil, how can you guarantee to your customers that the products PepsiCo produces are not contributing to climate change?”

PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. PepsiCo uses enough palm oil every single year to fill Pepsi cans full of palm oil that would stretch around the earth at the equator 4 times. Palm oil may seem to many like a minor issue, but in fact it is among the world’s leading causes of deforestation, which in turn is responsible for nearly 20% of all carbon emissions. And, its found in the homes of nearly every American family, giving us the power to push for the changes that are so desperately needed.

As the leader of this incredibly influential company which has yet to take the necessary steps to address its Conflict Palm Oil problem, we urge you to answer this question publicly and take immediate action to ensure that PepsiCo adopts a truly responsible palm oil policy.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 5.02.50 PMOn September 21 the whole world will be watching leaders as the largest ever People’s Climate March descends on New York City. We will march with thousands of families to shine a light on the companies, policies and practices that are slowing progress, and in fact accelerating climate change.

We are appealing to you to ask that PepsiCo announce the revisions to its currently inadequate policy in advance of the Climate March so that PepsiCo can be a company used to highlight leadership in implementing climate solutions, instead of an example of the problem. Specifically PepsiCo needs to adopt a time bound action plan to remove Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain, make a commitment to trace its palm oil back to the plantation where it was grown and verify that its suppliers operations are free of the clearance of rainforest and peatlands and the violation of human rights including the use of forced and child labor.

As the head of a large corporation your voice is extremely powerful. We know that ensuring a secure supply line is critical for PepsiCo and that addressing climate change is part of your corporate social responsibility agenda. On a personal level, as a mother who wants every opportunity open to her children, we are sure that like us, climate change also weighs on your conscience; we urge you to answer this question and take action for your children’s hopes and future.

Sincerely,

Debra Mahony
Susan Rubin
Harriet Shugarman

P.S. Three things you can do to help Ms. Nooyi and PepsiCo hear us.

1. Please share our open letter and sign this petition from our friends at the Sum Of Us, which asks PepsiCo to fix it’s Conflict Palm Oil Policy now.

2. If you live in the New York tri-state area, join us on Tuesday, September 9th, at 9:30am eastern time in Greenwich, Connecticut. Debra, Susan and I will be at Bruce Park Playground (across the street from the Bruce Museum) for a Palm Oil teach-in, a great big playdate and a Stroller Brigade! Check out the Facebook event for more details or send us a note, we are happy to answer any questions you have..

3. Reach out to your Connecticut friends, tell them to join us and ask them to tell two friends and so on and so on…!

It’s going to be fun…and also a great opportunity to show your kids how OUR actions can speak very loudly!

Yours,

Climate Mama

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As the last real weekend of summer is upon us, enjoy the time outdoors if you can with the kids in your life. Play…BE…Enjoy..

And to keep the “fires burning” on the Peoples Climate March recruitment, join me and my dear friends Green Diva Meg and Green Diva Lynn..as we talk Climate March on Green Divas Radio, with a sprinkling of ideas for Lynn and Meg’s upcoming trip to the Big Island of Hawaii thrown in just for fun; and an added “hint” from Green Diva Lynn that she may “streak her way” through the Chicago Climate March on September 6th..We want pictures (of both!!)

Happy weekend to all…Enjoy! And don’t forget to remind your friends and family to sign up of for the Peoples Climate March! At the same time, introduce them to Green Divas Radio..there are always fun and interesting guests, if we do say so ourselves, and wonderful ideas on how to live more “lightly” on our planet, in creative and unique ways you may never have imagined…

Yours,

Climate Mama

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pcmlogoA moment in time, a life memory created, a call to witness. The Peoples Climate March on September 21st will be this and so much more. We are honored to share Wendie’s beautiful invitation to the Peoples Climate March – her heartfelt and stirring call to action. It touched us deeply, and we think it will touch you too. Mother, poet, and friend, Wendie Goetz is truly a Climate Mama extraordinaire!

Wendie’s Call: The People Climate March – Join Me

I thought to reach out and ask you personally to call me, yes YOU, New Jersey and the world.

I’d ask you to recall the worry, the perplexing anxiety of where our worlds stand, and the innovative solutions you expressed inwardly and in sharing.

IMG_2340I would share with you my enlightening experience in Washington at THE CLIMATE MARCH in 2013. And pour forth the emotions shared by frontline activists…all their warrior names….and HUGE stands, rallies, protests, bird dogging, town halls, movies, words, festivals, trips back to DC and Trenton, and all the learning – no, relearning – that has occurred this decade around the world. IT IS A WILD TIDE RISING truly.

I would explain how there was not a choice for me yet a calling. Stand or die…inside and out.

I think it is an honor yet a burden in some aspects because this weight is heavy like crocodile tears on the cheek of your child. I have watched many folks step up and excel for no purpose but to build a better world and seek justice for the future. This is freedom, I feel so thankful…. I AM FREE. We respond to the need for a better future, a reliable, non-polluting, sustainable future. We are free.

I heard in the tremble of your voice, I read in between the lines of your words, that YOU are concerned too. I know that you, incredible you, would be an asset to the solutions we need to implement NOW.

ALL of the world leaders are meeting for a special session on the climate in September. We would like to welcome them to NYC and send our messages personally to them.

Together we CAN make a difference. Will you please march with me?

Wendi Goetz: wife, mother, poet, and community member. “Gardening for a better future seven generations forward in any and every way I can think will make a drop of a difference.”

Thanks Wendie..you are making a difference each and every day..

Join Wendie on September 21st, 2014 in New York City, or find a solidarity event close to where you live. Sign up today, and be counted!

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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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