4NJlpMarch 22, 2014 is World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. As part of the Global Team of 200 and Mom Bloggers for Social Good, we are supporting and using our collective voices to raise attention to this important Day. As well, we want to let you know abut some of the amazing organizations and voices that work every day to change people lives by providing programs, actions and education on access to clean water. One of these organizations is WaterAid.

World Water Day is a day to draw attention to the facts: Continue reading

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Hey Climate Mamas and Papas, did you know that rain forests and our oceans are two of the earth’s largest carbon sinks? This means that they help control climate change by storing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, the number one cause of climate change. However, as the global demand for palm oil has increased, rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia are being irresponsibly cultivated and are becoming HUGE drivers of climate change.

Rainforests are razed to create industrial palm oil plantations, releasing massive quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. So instead of acting as a “sink” to store carbon, this deforestation is actually releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This deforestation accounts for eighty percent of Indonesia’s CO2 emissions, making it the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Who knew?!

Now for some good news. We are thrilled to partner with the Rainforest Action Network to help bring this critical issue to your attention. As well, we are pleased to share with you ways that YOU and your family can make a difference to protect the rain forests and helps slow down climate change.

RAN has a wonderful campaign, that as parents, we can support by joining in and telling the Snack Food 20 (many of the large food companies whose products we are sure you currently, purchase) that it’s important to us that they do all they can to protect the world’s rain forests, and that they stop contributing to climate change – or you won’t buy their products!

Share RAN’s Snack Food 20 campaign with your friends and family. In case you need more reasons to say no to conflict palm oil, we are also very happy to share with you this wonderful guest post by Climate Mama extraordinaire and RAN Palm Oil Campaigner, Ashley. Grab the kids in your life and share this post with them too! Continue reading

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Can you say: “Climate Change?” We regularly hear from our Climate Mamas and Papas how they are tackling climate change head on, and creating opportunities in the face of this great challenge. Yet over 100 US Congressmen and women still question the reality of Climate Change as do some of our esteemed US Senators. The facts on Climate Change, and the momentum to move forward to tackle this complicated problem have become muddled and embroiled in partisan rancor in the Unites States. WE KNOW, we have no time for petty politics, it’s time that our politicians recognized this fact as well.

On the evening of March 10th, some 20 or more US senators have pledged to pull an “all nighted and Stay up for the Climate.” While we all know we need more then “talk,” at least talking about the crisis in the Senate Chamber, and presenting thoughtful ideas on what we need to move forward, are important steps in the right direction.

One of our favorite Climate Papas, Paul Reale, has shared with us some thoughts that he wants our Senators to hear, and we wanted to share his thoughtful comments with you! Why don’t you follow Paul’s lead, and drop your Senator and congressman a line. Take a page from Paul’s book, and let your elected official know why addressing Climate Change is so important to you. We don’t have time to waste. Continue reading

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As I tell my children, actions speak louder then words. On Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 more then 1000 young people marched from Georgetown University in Washington DC to the White House, to make their voices heard in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and in support of a clean, renewable energy future. Later that day, 398 brave young people were also arrested.

As I watched this unfold on a live video feed, it brought back memories of my own protest and arrest, at the very same spot, almost 3 years ago. I hope and believe that the parents of these young people are so very proud of their children.

A key deadline on the Keystone XL approval process is approaching and Friday, March 7th marks the last day for public comments to be accepted on the pipeline.

We have heard this call before. We know that there have been so many “asks” for public comments over the past 3 years. We appreciate each and every time you have joined in, and whether you have submitted comments many times before, or have yet to do so, please join us this time, in what we hope will be the last opportunity to put the final “nail in the keystone coffin. ” Continue reading

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Elephants90 million tons of carbon pollution enters the atmosphere every day. Shut your eyes and imagine that. We heard a lot about “visualization techniques” used by athletes at the Sochi Olympic games. Visualize 90 million tons of carbon pollution..It’s not an easy thing to do! Now consider that 90 million tons is equivalent to around 23 million average sized African elephants “disappearing into the air” every day. Where would they go? Where in fact, is that carbon pollution going..?

Join me at 1pm ET on Tuesday March 4th, as we discuss what we each can do to help limit carbon pollution from new power plants. Mark your calendar and sign up for this important discussion, hosted by The Motherhood. Also, take a moment now, and with the help of Climate Reality, tell the EPA that we want Carbon Pollution to be a thing of the past… Continue reading

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bird photoYou tell two friends, and I’ll tell two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on…” Some of you may remember this tag line from an old TV commercial, some maybe not, but I think you can get the point. When you hear about or see something great, you want to share it with friends and have them share it, and so on!

When my friend and colleague Michealanne told me know about a wonderful new publication, Climate Confidential, that will be launching very soon and asked if I would help share the news, I took one look and said: “OF COURSE!”

Find out more about Climate Confidential from one of it’s founders, Climate Mama extraordinare, Amy Westervelt. Amy is one of six environmental journalists, all women, each with incredibly impressive CVs, who are teaming up to launch Climate Confidential. Amy and her fellow journalists need OUR help to spread the word. So without further ado, please take a moment and hear from Amy, in her own words, about why YOU need to support Climate Confidential, and then “tell two friends, and so on….”

Yours,

Climate Mama

Every Story Is An Environment Story
by Amy Westervelt

From what we feed our children to how we get to work every day to health conditions we deal with on a regular basis, “the environment” is not some abstract concept over there in the corner, but rather a part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Increasingly, though, stories about the environment slot into one of three buckets: politics (climate change scientists versus climate deniers, liberals vs. Tea Partiers and so forth); lists (three ways to avoid toxic sunscreens); and hand-wringing (extreme weather, climate refugees, the sky is falling). Continue reading

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“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Four Term US Senator, New York.

Photo courtesy: Anuradha M. Hansen

Photo courtesy: Anuradha M. Hansen

When I quoted Senator Moynihan at a recent meeting with Congressman Scott Garrett’s District Director, Robert Pettet, he nodded his head, signifying agreement. But Mr. Pettit then proceeded to let me know that his facts, were in FACT different then mine when it came to climate change…

Today, with search engines that allow us to find “proof” for whatever we believe, too many people seem to feel that they are entitled to their “own facts” when it comes to climate change. In the United States of America, I would hope that our Congressmen and Congresswomen, could, if they choose, have the authority and the ability to call on the best and the brightest when it comes to the most recent, peer reviewed, up to date scientific data on any subject for which they are required to vote, set policies and take decisions. With 97% agreement amongst climate scientists on the causes and state of our climate, the need to address climate change would certainly seem to be one area that is non-partisan and where we would all find agreement, the urgency and the ability to work together. Sadly I was proven “dead” wrong on this one.

Let me start from the beginning…. Continue reading

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The first 24 hours of a child’s life are the most dangerous, with more than one million babies dying each year on their first and only day of life, according to new research released by Save the Children.

ENDING_NEWBORN_DEATHS_REPORTCOVERThe report “Ending Newborn Deaths,” released on February 25, 2014, shows one half of first day deaths around the world could be prevented if the mother and baby had access to free health care and a skilled midwife.

My first child, born in New York City, arrived with tired, labored cries in the early hours of what would be a bright and sunny January morning, after many, many, hours of hard labor. Yet not for a moment did I doubt that my beautiful son wouldn’t see his “second day,’ nor did I think twice about the amazing health care that I received throughout my pregnancy as well as at those critical moments of his birth.

Sadly, this is not the case for so many mothers around the world. According to Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children: Continue reading

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Grab the kids in your life, take a few minutes today, and listen to some “Climate Voices.” We know, feel and see that climate change is effecting our lives today, shutting our eyes won’t make reality go away. Be inspired, we all can make a difference. Look closely at the people in the video, anyone you recognize?

Climate Voices from Climate Nexus on Vimeo.

Many thanks to our friends at Climate Nexus for putting this great short video together. Please share it with your friends. No matter who we are or what we do, together we can and must move forward on climate change. We must seize the moment and the opportunities that climate change presents and make the crash course we are on, a safer one…

Yours,

Climate Mama

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Jamie Anderson gets the Gold at the Sochi Olympic Games! In case you missed our interview with Jamie back in December, we wanted to repost it here for you to read and share with the kids in your life. Not only is Jamie an amazing snowboarder, she also has a deep understanding about why and how we should all take care of our plant. Congrats Jamie and many thanks!

CLIMATEMAMA INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE ANDERSON: REPOSTED FROM DECEMBER 2013:

Very often, my work on climate change education and advocacy opens a “door” to something or someone surprising. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Olympic hopeful Jamie Anderson, a six time X Games medalist, and one of, if not THE, top-ranked female snowboard slope style riders in the world. Not only did my kids think I was pretty cool to have this opportunity, but after speaking to Jamie, I was also incredibly awed, impressed and thought I was pretty cool too! Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Jamie first learned to snowboard at the age of nine. One of eight siblings, she is health conscious and environmentally aware, and as I learned first hand, takes the drivers seat when it comes to supporting and promoting sustainable living.

Just 23, yet so very poised and seemingly an old soul, our conversation ran the gamut, from talking about Jamie’s new Nintendo Wii U game, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, to her down to earth, and very literal connection with nature. We discussed how and why we need to slow down and be “mindful” of our actions if we hope to create a sustainable future for ourselves, and our families. Continue reading

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