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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lmbphotoWe believe the universe sometimes has a plan for us, and in this case it was meeting Climate Mama Extraordinaire, Leslie Martel Baer! Through some insightful and thought provoking comments in a Moms Rising Blog on the EPA and power plant emissions, we were first introduced to Leslie Martel Baer’s ideas, and we knew there was an incredible opportunity waiting for us to learn more. We reached out to Leslie and she was incredibly kind, gracious and generous with her time and her knowledge. She helped us see things from a slightly different perspective and enabled us to sharpen and clarify our focus on certain issues.

coloradoLeslie is a 5th generation Coloradan, and in a position where she finds herself at the nexus of the energy and climate discussion. Colorado is at the crosshairs of our national debate on energy policy. Leslie has a unique and powerful insight, and is a wise counsel for many in Colorado and around the country on this issue. Leslie speaks from knowledge, experience and from the heart. Leslie is as a Climate Mama, who always has her daughter and her daughter’s future in mind!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Leslie Martel Baer, an amazing and special Climate Mama who shares with us a “thing or two” about what we all NEED to do to make our future more sustainable, stable and secure. Continue reading

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It’s Do Something Wednesday at ClimateMama, and we invite you to join us today and DO Something to help create a brighter future that advances climate solutions that will help us all!

valentines heartIn the NYC area, where I hail from, we are “hunkered down” because of a snow and ice storm. At home, with my children, we are taking pen and paper in hand and writing 3 Valentines Love letters:

1. To three very brave women, two of whom are also grandmothers, to thank them for being our climate heroes, for putting themselves on the line, for all of us (The MICAT 3);

2. To our elected officials asking them to be our climate heroes; and

3. To Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, to ask him to stand up for all our children, and be a RENEWABLE ENERGY champion.

Will you join us? (Please do, even if you don’t have a snow day!)

The Michigan Coalition Against TarSands (MICAT) Vicci Hamlin, Lisa Leggio, and Barbara Carter were found guilty on January 31st, charged with micatstrespassing and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Though not considered a flight risk, the three women were denied bail and are forced to remain in custody until sentencing on March 5, 2014, where they could face 2-3 years in jail. Continue reading

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lanixl3Where will you be on February 3, 2014 when people all over the USA come together to remind President Obama to say NO to the Keystone XL? We will be in Union Square, NYC at 6pm.


Join us in NYC or find an action near you. Bring your children, show them you care. Speakers in NYC will include 350′s Bill McKibben and Executive Director May Boeve!

Your neighbors may say: “this is just one pipeline.” True, but THIS PIPELINE has become the symbol of many pipelines and pipeline fights around the world. As well, the cumulative impacts of allowing THIS pipeline to be build, for our planet, are serious and significant.

Show your children that you are ready to “stand up and be counted!” It’s up to us. We want a new vision for the future, one that doesn’t involve pipelines filed with oil or gas. We want a future that has renewable energy written all over it!

Yours,

Climate Mama

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