Screen Shot 2014-06-06 at 4.12.52 PMAt ClimateMama we regularly get “pitched” by companies and products that “say” they are promoting a green and sustainable lifestyle. We are very careful to only share with you information that we believe really showcases companies and products making an effort to “walk the walk” and really help us reduce our carbon footprint. One new company on the scene that recently came to our attention, and that we do want to share with you is ClimateStore, which had it’s official launch in May 2014.

The company’s mission is clear: “to address climate change by making it fun and easy for families to learn about climate change and to find energy efficient and sustainably made products that will help them reduce their carbon footprint.” We like that! Continue reading

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coolitforkidslogoAt ClimateMama, one of the things we are most grateful for, is the opportunity to meet amazing people from around the world who give us hope, every day, that together we can and WILL solve the climate crisis. One of these amazing folks we have had the privilege of meeting is Gaye Taylor. Gaye, a Climate Reality Leader and the “force behind” a newly formed organization called Cool it for the Kids is also the organizer behind the upcoming children’s Sing for the Climate Rally, which will be held in Ottawa Canada on Saturday, June 7th.

Hundreds of children will gather on Parliament Hill, steps away from where Canadian Members of Parliament regularly meet. The children will be there with adults in a supporting role, by their sides, as Cool It For the Kids holds its inaugural Sing for the Climate Rally. The Rally gives the children of Ottawa a forum and place to have THEIR voices hear, as they speak out and sing out about a crisis that will determine their future if left unchecked.

One of the songs being preformed will be the Canadian remix of “Cool The World” by Deborah Pardes. Here’s a preview of the song, preformed by some wonderful kids in Los Angeles. Deborah and Gay hope kids around the world will join in, learn this song and sing it everywhere!! We hope so too. Continue reading

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‘I Refuse To Condemn Our Children To A Planet That’s Beyond Fixing’
obamafamilyPresident Obama, May 31, 2014

We have heard similar words from President Obama before, beginning with his strong statement when he won the Democratic primaries in 2008 and declared: ““This was the moment when … the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Sadly, for so many reasons, our oceans are still rising, and our planet is not healing…

At ClimateMama we respect and admire all that President Obama has accomplished, as he works under difficult conditions, towards climate solutions. From the huge strides President Obama’s administration has made on automotive and energy efficiency, to his strongest steps so far, the June 2 announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency to greatly limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants..many important programs to address climate change are being put in place by President Obama. The new carbon reduction rules, if enacted as proposed, will effectively reduce US carbon emissions 30% from 2005 levels, by 2030 and should help the US meet it’s goal of a 17% reduction from 2005 levels by 2017.

IMG_6277However…we MUST remind President Obama, and all our elected officials, that we need to go much farther and we need to go faster! Coal is not the only fossil fuel and carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change, there are many others. In particular we are learning more and more about the damaging impacts of methane (natural gas), which, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is more then 80 times more potent of a greenhouse gas then carbon dioxide in a 20 year period, and 34 times more potent over a 100 year period.

The EPA hasn’t started using these numbers yet, there is no indication they will anytime soon, and the percentages they currently use grossly underestimate methane gas in our atmosphere. So, not only are we not using the most recent numbers, we don’t even have in place the proper mechanisms to accurately measure methane emissions nationally or globally. And there are increasingly loud alarm bells ringing, from many scientists, warning us that the fracking juggernaut taking place across the United States may in fact be what pushes us over the “climate cliff.” Continue reading

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This is an invitation to change everything and to join us and be at the center of that change.

September 2014 world leaders are coming to New York City for an historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, and with our children, our families, neighbors, new friends and old friends at our side, Climate Mamas and Papas will gather in the streets of New York City to take a stand and bend the course of history….This is our “moon landing,” this is our “I have a Dream March on Washington”..this is our CLIMATE moment.

Together, with the world watching, we’ll take to the streets of New York City to demand that the world we want and the world which is within our reach, becomes a reality. This is the world with an economy that works for people and for the planet. This is the world that is and will be safe from the ravages of climate change. This is the world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone. This is the world we want and the world we demand.

To change everything, we need EVERYONE on board. Join us September 20-21 in New York City.

Frank Sinatra – New York, New York

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today
I want to be a part of it – New York, New York
These vagabond shoes, are are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it – New York, New York Continue reading

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Spring is here, the flowers are blooming and for many families it’s time for picnics in the park, walks on the beach and barbeques in your own backyard. As we enjoy and cherish making memories with family and friends, take a few minutes, grab the kids in your life and watch this powerful music video by Canadian hip hop artist Gaiaisi.

Pronounced Gaia’s EyeGaia is the Greek word for Earth. This music video “Change the Earth,” helps us see and feel what our current journey looks like, how the path we are traveling, consciously or unconsciously is accelerating climate change and how we are impacting our natural world, putting many irreplaceable species, including ourselves, at risk. Continue reading

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“From the mouths of babes…” and those that guide and teach them…amazing things are possible! …Take a few minutes today – grab the kids in your life – and watch this wonderful new video, Litterbug, by our friend and favorite rap super hero, Mr. Eco. As always, Mr. Eco has a little help telling his story from his nephew Lil Nico. We also get to meet some very talented elementary school kids and Mr. Eco’s hip-hop dance crew, the Sidewalk Kids!
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gardenhoseFresh water accounts for less then 3% of all the water on the globe and access to clean, uncontaminated drinking water is unavailable to almost 1/6th of the world’s population. Millions of women are unable to work and millions of children are unable to go to school, because they spend so much time collecting water.

Climate change impacts including changing levels of rainfall, decreasing runoff from glaciers, drought and smaller levels of snow pack are all contributing to making fresh water less available and more of a scarce commodity.

Talk to your kids about what YOU and your family can do to be as efficient as possible with your water use. Remind the kids in your life that things that may be easy for us in most places in North America (turning on the tap and getting fresh, clean water for example) can be so very difficult for families in other places around the world.

Ask your kids to take some time and think about how fortunate they are and what things they wouldn’t be able to do (play lacrosse, soccer, dance, draw, play video games!) if they had to spend hours each day collecting water for their family. For more information on families what you can do to help families in developing countries struggling with water access issues check out our earlier 2014 World Water Day post.

Curb Water Waste

30,000 gallons of water. It’s enough to fill an average swimming pool, and it’s how much water your home could be wasting each year with incorrectly programmed irrigation systems, sprinkler heads pointed in the wrong direction, or leaks in sprinkler system. A leak as small as the tip of a pen can waste 6,300 gallons per month! The EPA’s Watersense Kids has some great conversation starters to share with the kids in your life.

image003Now that winter is over, The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water efficiency program, WaterSense, is giving people the tools and information they need to curb water waste. Your home, your children’s school or the building you live or work in, likely has an irrigation system.

Here are some tips from the EPA about what YOU can do to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible. Continue reading

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small__2599991948Among the various proverbs, sayings, myths and fables we all share with our children, one that is loved and used often is the “three wise monkeys (or frogs!)”- see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil; hence, there is no evil.

Sadly, this proverb weighs heavily when it comes to the fight for climate solutions, particularly as it relates to our urgent need to create an energy policy that is focused 100% on renewable energy, and immediately moves us off of fossil fuels.

We know that our climate is changing and that humans have a direct role in accelerating and exacerbating these changes. We know that fossil fuels are huge drivers of climate change. We are making many mistakes for many reasons, but one in particular which seems so egregious is the promotion and seeming acceptance of shale gas or “natural gas.” Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and is neither a clean nor renewable energy source. Even the name of this fossil fuel, “natural” gas, creates confusion and seems to implies “trust.” Compounding the problem, is the fact that so many people – who in so many other ways are fighting to slow down our changing climate – have chosen to latch on to natural gas, as some sort of “bridge” to a renewable energy future. It is quickly becoming evident from many, many red flags, that choosing natural gas is like choosing to walk over a cliff, with no safety net below.

angelahearingsradonOn Friday May 9th, 2014 public hearings were convened by the New York State Assembly on the “Impacts of Radon from Natural Gas on Indoor Air Quality.” The purpose of the hearing was to examine New York State’s gas delivery system in relation to radon levels. Radon, for anyone that isn’t aware, is a carcinogen that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. The EPA states clearly that there is no “safe” level of exposure to radon. Five New York State Assembly Committees called the hearing as part of their review of bill A6863B, introduced by Linda B. Rosenthal, the Chair of the New York State Commission on Science and Technology. Continue reading

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Credit: Shutterstock

Whether you live in Beijing, China or Bangor, Maine, our changing climate is something we are all witnessing first hand. From longer allergy seasons, to warmer evenings all year round, earlier spring flowers, and more extreme weather events in every season, we are all feeling and seeing climate change in our own neighborhoods, towns and backyards – wherever we live.

As well, recent international and national reports clearly provide the scientific data that outlines how and why we are all living climate change, now. These problems that scientists tell us we are facing seen so HUGE, that finding ways to tackling them can often feel paralyzing.

King County, Washington

King County, Washington

At ClimateMama, we are constantly and regularly filled with hope as we meet and hear from people around the world who are taking actions – both small steps and giant leaps – that are healing our planet and creating a livable and sustainable world for us all. It’s “Do Something Wednesday,” so grab the kids in your life, watch this short video, and be inspired! Then come up with your own family plan about what YOU can do for our environment, for our planet and for us.

We are thrilled to share a short blog post and video from Tom Watson, with you. You will find ideas, actions and thoughts that we all can use that will empower us and remind us, we all can be part of the solution. We just need to take the first step….!

What do you do for the environment, and why do you care? Guest post by Tom Watson

The King County (WA) EcoConsumer public outreach program asked those questions to 15 Seattle-area folks well-known in their fields, from award-winning chefs to TV personalities to musicians. They were asked to make their own short video clips, using a small refurbished music/video player the program loaned them.
From the footage the participants sent back, the Seattle enviro PR firm Colehour + Cohen made two fun short videos for the program. In addition to the video above you can find the second video at KCecoconsumer.com. You can learn more about the participants here!

Tom Watson: Tom manages the EcoConsumer public education program for King County Solid Waste Division in Washington State. Tom writes a column for The Seattle Times and appears on local TV including regular EcoConsumer segments for KOMO4 TV news. He is also a frequent radio guest, including weekly appearances on KOMO Newsradio (AM 1000 and FM 97.7).

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Vanessa and Elliot

Vanessa and Elliot

Celebrating and sharing stories about parents doing extraordinary things because they want to create a better, cleaner and more sustainable future for their children and ours, is something we love to do! So, grab the kids in your life and take a moment to meet a wonderful California Climate Mama Vanessa Warheit, and her 8 year old son Elliot. Vanessa is empowering Elliot and providing him with the tools he needs to make his voice heard, so that he can have a role in changing our world for the better.

As some of you know we are pretty partial to “Elliots” here at ClimateMama, but regardless…we want to share Vanessa and Elliot’s current adventure, Worse than Poop! with you. We think this film project is a brilliant idea and a great way to educate people about climate change, electric vehicles and transportation issues. The film helps give us hope and inspiration that a positive and livable future is indeed possible.

Please Join us and support Elliot and Vanessa’s Kickstarter campaign, which is raising funds to create the movie “Worse then Poop.”

According to Vanessa: “By making kids laugh, we can introduce them to the need for a solution. And by making parents laugh, we will engage entire families in this issue. My husband also encouraged me to do this – and most importantly, our son Elliot wanted to participate. So Worse Than Poop! went from being an Idea to being a Project. And with your help, it will soon become a movie.” Continue reading

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