windfarmIn most states around the country WE have the option to choose OUR energy provider. Yet, most people don’t realize this nor do they realize how easy it is to change providers to support renewable energy options. We are excited to share with you a wonderful post by Diane McEachern of the Big Green Purse, that shows you how easy it is to get renewable energy at YOUR home – today; in the time it takes to read this post!

How You Can Get Free Clean Energy Without Building Your Own Windmill
By Diane McEachern, Founder Big Green Purse

You don’t have to put up your own windmill or plop solar panels on your roof to live the clean energy life you want. You can get free clean energy in just 3 minutes today by signing up with Arcadia Power.

Why Arcadia? Because they’ve come up with a unique way to connect you to renewable energy that doesn’t cost you a dime.

Watch this quick video.

Here’s How It Will Work for You
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Go to Arcadia’s website and plug in your zip code.

⇒ Then, create a FREE, secure account by providing the name of your local utility, your account number, and how you prefer to pay for your electricity: by credit card or debit from your checking account.

♥♥♥ Voilá! You have an account. Continue reading

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Philadelphia Clean Energy March, 7/24/16

Philadelphia Clean Energy March, 7/24/16

On Sunday, July 24th, we joined with Climate Mamas and Papas across the country at the March for A Clean Energy Revolution, in Philadelphia to dance, sing and demand action that will move us NOW to a renewable energy economy.

Scientists are telling us, Mother Nature is showing us, and world leaders have agreed that in order to create a livable planet for our children, we will need to leave 80% of all known fossil fuel reserves in the ground. We are living climate change and we must slow it down as we figure out how to manage its current and future impacts.

At the same time scientists are also telling us that our use of fossil fuels is creating a health emergency as both direct and indirect impacts effect or families, bodies of water, our air, crops and animals. Impacted communities are shouting loudly as families watch – often helplessly – as their children, their animals and themselves become sickened not only by accidents – large and small – but also by the impacts of living in proximity to oil and gas development and infrastructure.

We need your help to get the message out more widely that not only are we dealing with the immediate and long-term impacts of climate change, we have a growing health emergency taking place now that is being ignored. Both are integrally related, and both impact communities that too often lack a strong political voice and the power and influence to make change. This is changing, as communities across the country are joining together to amplify our voices and empower one another. One of the most powerful messages from the Philadelphia clean energy march is: “If it’s wrong somewhere, it’s wrong everywhere.”

We are pleased to support 2 wonderful campaigns to help get the message out about the health impacts of fossil fuel development, infrastructure and accidents. Please join us in supporting both of these important campaigns and share them with your friends and families.

Help get the film, The Rising, made:
The Rising is a feature documentary which uncovers the hidden story of the large-scale public health tragedy from oil industry toxins.

THE RISING campaign video INDIEGOGO from ConceptionMedia on Vimeo.

Help Families in Colorado have their voices heard on Fracking impacts
Join the “Yes” Campaign.

We know that most people want to do the right thing. People want to help their neighbors and we know that by helping our neighbors we also are helping ourselves. But we also know that getting the message out is both difficult, time consuming and expensive. Please help us share the truth and support these two important campaigns. Share these short trailers; go to their funding campaign pages, share these, be part of the change.

Our children our watching us, let’s how them that we are on the right side of history, we have our eyes wide open, and we have their backs as we stand strong for their future and their now.

With thanks,

Climate Mama

“Do Something Wednesday”

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Used with permission: Climate Change for Families

Used with permission: Climate Change for Families

Across the country and around the world, Climate Mamas and Papas are standing beside, in front and behind their children, wherever and however needed, to raise our voices and to take action as we work to create a livable future for our children. We wanted to bring to your attention several events, around the country that urgently need your support, your help, your voice and your involvement.

We have been following closely actions by children around the country, who, with the help of their parents and other adults, are using our legal system to demand action on climate change. In the spring of 2016, representing several youths who filed a petition in collaboration with Our Children’s Trust, the Western Environmental Law Center won a precedent-setting climate change victory against the Washington Department of Ecology. The court ordered Ecology to implement a carbon emissions rule using the best available science by the end of 2016 and make recommendations to the state legislature on science-based greenhouse gas reductions in the 2017 legislative session. The court also ordered Ecology to consult with the youth petitioners in advance of that recommendation. To date, this request to consult, has been repeatedly ignored.

On June 1st, Washington State released its revised Clean Air Rule that defies the May court order and fails the children of Washington. According to the Western Environmental Law Center, the proposed Clean Air Rule, is based on outdated emissions data and only requires emissions reductions of a mere 1.7% annually, completely disregarding current science that would put Washington on a path toward climate stability.

Watch this short video and here what the kids think about the propose rule.

On June 16th, Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration appealed the Washington Superior Court decision ordering his administration to issue a rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year; this by one of the “greenest” Governor’s in our nation. The Governor’s appeal of the youth win in court comes just six weeks after his office and his campaign praised the decision, and two weeks after the June 1, 2016 rollout of his proposed Clean Air Rule. You can find more background here, at Our Children’s Trust.

What Can you Do?
If you live in Washington State:
1. Join the kids and their families at one of two public hearings on July 12 and 14th.
2. Submit a public comment on the proposed rule to let Governor Inslee’s administration know that the proposed 1.7% emission reductions aren’t based on science or reason.

If you don’t live in Washington State you can still get involved:
1. Support parents parents and religious leaders who will be fasting for 3 days for kids’ climate justice at the Washington State capital building, July 12 – 14 while EcologyWA hosts 2 public hearings on the draft Clean Air Rule. You can do this by fasting from your own home. Let Michael Foster, at Climate Change for Families know about your fast. You can reach Michael at:

2. Sign the MoveOn Petition

3. Keep updated and Share posts from the Climate Change for Families blog.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 11.44.40 AMOther Actions around the Country and more ways to get involved:

STOP OIL TRAINS WEEK OF ACTION: July 6th-July 12th, all over the United States. Click here for more information or to find an event near you!

PLAY IN FOR CLIMATE ACTION: Washington, DC. Wednesday, July 13th, 2016. Register here.

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shutterstock_34069102If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard that many places around the United States are already seeing record breaking temperatures. In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures soared near 120 degrees, a point at which planes are grounded. On June 20th, 2016 a flight from Houston to Phoenix was turned around in mid air – because of high temperatures. Climate change is here.

Clearly, we need strong policies that will begin to address climate change in a real and significant way. As such, we need to elect leaders that recognize that climate change is the greatest problem we will face in our lifetime. This is our clear choice and something we have control off. In the short term, as we approach what could be the hottest summer on record for many places in the US, on an individual level, many of us that don’t have air conditioners, will want to consider getting air conditioning.

Our friends at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have provided us with some practical steps for buying an air conditioner. Not only will we want to be conscious of the extra costs we will incur, but we must also ensure that we be the most efficient we can with the energy used by an air conditioner.

Tips from the EPA:

Fortunately, using a room or window air conditioner can be a lot less expensive (and guilt inducing) than you think. In fact, a new ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner will generally cost you less than $70 a year in energy bills.

To keep your home cool as inexpensively and efficiently as possible, follow these steps:
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Used with permission: CWF

Used with permission: CWF

As the lazy days of summer spread slowly before us, getting our children outdoors and into nature is an important part of learning about how special our planet is, what’s at stake and why and what we must do to protect it.

Rachel Carson, who many feel is the mother of the modern day environmental movement, reminded us that: “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

So, make spending time outdoors part of your children’s summer fun. Traveling across the country to iconic natural wonders like the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon isn’t the only awe inspiring way to captivate your children’s attention and help them contemplate the beauty of nature. In state parks, shorelines, beaches and trails and are easy to fit into every family’s plans and can become special family sacred places that create life long family traditions. From stimulating creative and critical thinking, challenging outdoor and athletic skills, to teaching equity and addressing hunger – local spots can be hidden jewels, waiting to be discovered, cherished and preserved.

July is the nation’s official Parks and Recreation Month, designated as such by the National Recreation and Parks Association in 1985. NRPA makes it particularly easy to find out what’s happening in your local parks or wherever you may be traveling to this summer.

We are pleased to feature a special program that the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey offers. If you don’t live in New Jersey, check in with the National Recreation and Parks Association and see what’s happening in your neighborhood.

Little Explorers up for Outdoor Summer Programs with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey!
By Lindsay McNamara

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, marking the unofficial start of summer! Time for family vacations to the beach, pool days, ice pops and fireworks. After a wicked winter and cool May, we all deserve some summer fun.

Used with Permission: CWF

Used with Permission: CWF

Looking for outdoor opportunities for your young environmentalists to explore and learn about the world around them? Look no further than Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s summer programs! Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) is the only statewide, non-profit organization focused solely on threatened, endangered and imperiled species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates. We carry out our mission by researching and managing rare animal species, restoring habitat, educating New Jersey’s residents, and engaging volunteers in our conservation projects. Since the early 1990’s, CWF scientists and educators have helped conserve and protect a variety of at-risk species of wildlife in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation. Continue reading

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shutterstock_11388127Another day, and there is another outrageous and shocking statement made by a politician, business leader or person in a position of power and trust. Another day, and there is another storm, flood, fire or drought that is getting worse and showing us that our planet is hurting, impacted by our actions. As the world turns each day, we also move on to the next day and the next news cycle; with many people becoming numb to the shocking and harmful attacks both on our planet and on us. But, as Climate Mamas and Papas we ARE watching, paying attention, speaking out and fighting back. And therefore we also see, hear and support the many politicians, businesses, and community leaders that are demanding the truth and acting on it.

There are so many ways we can show our children that we have their backs and are working to protect their future and now. A movement is growing which we – by our actions – are all part of. This summer, when as families we have more time to talk, to discuss and to just be together, take time to remind your children why and how we all can make a difference; as we work together to heal our planet and ourselves. Eating healthy foods, supporting companies that produce products designed and manufactured with thoughtfulness and care, are all critical ways that through our individual and household actions we can take control and be part of the solutions for a sustainable future and now.

stonyfield-logo_0As part of the Stonyfield blogger community, a company which we are proud to support, we are regularly introduced to products and companies that are “walking the walk” like Stonyfield is. One of these companies, prAna, is a manufacturer of clothing and accessories that are designed and manufactured with sustainability in mind. prAna also keeps equity and justice issues front and center; it is a holistic company, embodying an approach that we strongly believe other companies should and must follow. Continue reading

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Wiki Media Commons, Nevit Dilmen

Wiki Media Commons, Nevit Dilmen

In my house, most mornings can’t really begin without my “wake up cup of coffee.” Yet, climate change is not only making coffee more expensive, it is threatening coffee crops in virtually every major coffee producing region of the world. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists: “Higher temperatures, long droughts punctuated by intense rainfall, more resilient pests and plant diseases—all of which are associated with climate change—have reduced coffee supplies dramatically in recent years. And, because coffee varieties have adapted to specific climate zones, a temperature rise of even half a degree can make a big difference. A long-term increase in the number of extreme and unseasonal rainfall events has contributed to lower crop yields that are threatening the livelihood of coffee growers all over the world.

So, as we all struggle to get our arms around our growing climate crisis, connecting the dots between our “daily cup of coffee” and taking action to slow down the impacts of climate change can in fact be important dots to connect. I was fortunate to sit down recently with Joe Lamp’l, Creator, Executive Producer and Host of the award winning national PBS series, Growing a Greener World and Founder of Joe is a tremendous source of inspiration and information and had some practical ideas about ways to “connect the dots” between coffee, the climate crisis, and managing our waste stream. Joe and I talked at length about what has become a ubiquitous item for many households – coffee pods – a “convenient” idea, that perhaps seemed like a good idea at one time. Unfortunately this “convenience” has turned out to be s significant source of waste and a contributor to our climate crisis.

According to Joe: “In 2014, 9.8 billion of those tiny plastic coffee pods were used. To put this into perspective if you lined them up end to end they would circle the globe 11 times. ” Most people put their used pods in their regular garbage, which then goes to a landfill where the coffee pod may never breakdown, contributing to methane gas which is released from landfills. Joe reminded us that methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, which like carbon dioxide is a major contributor to climate change. We know that over a 20 year period, methane is 86 times more potent a greenhouse gas then carbon dioxide, and over 100 years, 34 times more potent. So, not only is our coffee being impacted by climate change, but how we brew our coffee directly contributes to the climate change that is in turn impacting our coffee. “Connecting the dots” and understanding the implications of what we do, is so important. Continue reading

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ourkidsclimatephotosJune 10, 2016. For a Revised analysis of the TSCA Reform bill by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families go to: Key Take Aways from TSCA Reform.

As Climate Mamas and Papas, we may read more labels and be more conscious then other mamas and papas when it comes to the chemicals and lists of ingredients in the personal care, home and health care products we use and buy. Or, we may not be. Regardless, like most Americans, we all want to believe that someone is “minding the store. ” We want to trust that someone is making sure our families are protected from toxic products and chemicals that could make us and our children sick in the short term and/or build up in our bodies over time and make us more susceptible to disease.

The law that has been in place to protect us from toxic substances was enacted in 1976 and by all accounts is one of the weakest environmental health and protection statues we have. And, since 1976 over 80,000 new chemicals have entered the market place, untested and in use, to be proven harmful when and if we ever can. Trying to regulate chemicals in products we are exposed to and use in our homes and on our bodies and those of our children, is not only difficult in many cases it has been impossible. So, with some fanfare, a new Toxic Substances Control ACT (TSCA) will be sent to President Obama for signature once the Senate has decide voted on the bill (see update 5/26 at bottom of post.) Depending on who you listen to it was “an historic advancement,” or “a colossal betrayal;” with not too many folks in the middle.

The Environmental Working Group reminds us that: “the right question is not whether this rewrite is better than current law. The right question is whether this version meets the expectations of reasonable Americans who are increasingly concerned about exposure to hazardous chemicals. Most consumers expect EPA has the power to quickly review the most dangerous chemicals and that the chemicals in their cleaners are at least as safe as chemicals in their food. The new bill fails to meet that expectation.”

Our friends at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families have created a detailed, clear and to the point rundown on the nuances of the bill (as it was written as of 5/21). We are pleased to publish this post, in it’s entirety with permission. It has helped us, and we hope that it will also bring you more clarity too.

The Near – Final TSCA Reform Legislation – A Rundown
Andy Igrejas, Director
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Updated June 10, 2016. Revised analysis of the TSCA Reform bill by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families: Key Take Aways from TSCA Reform.

okc2The new bill, the TSCA Modernization Act, addresses TSCA’s critical flaws. It requires new chemicals to undergo a safety review before coming onto the market. It ensures that experts, not industry executives, decide which chemicals should be regulated. And it guarantees that families have access to vital information regarding chemicals, from health and safety studies. Continue reading

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AITcollageTen years ago my children were in grade school, I had recently moved out of New York City and my “day job” working at the United Nations was coming to an end. As I was settling into a new life in suburbia, I was trying to figure out what my next steps would be, both personally and career wise. Then I saw the movie An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) and I knew my life would be forever changed. It truly was one of those “ah ha” moments for me; my eyes were now wide open and I couldn’t let them shut again. I knew that I had a role and a responsibility to help others understand the extent of the crisis unfolding before us, and I began to figure out how to put this role into action. Six months later I was in Nashville, TN, at one of the first “training” groups of the newly formed Climate Project, now The Climate Realty Project. My marching orders leaving Nashville were crystal clear. Educate, empower and activate my community on the climate crisis.

Ten years later, ClimateMama is a thriving and active community of parents around the United States and in many other countries around the world. Our mantra: “Tell the truth, actions speak louder then words, and don’t be afraid” is empowering thousands of people to take action on the climate crisis and create and demand a livable future for ourselves and our families.

ClimateRealityHSmemeReflecting on a personal note, AIT was my wake up call for finding my voice, my power and my truth. I am a nationally recognized spokesperson on climate change. I have been arrested in Washington DC, I have spoken to national government committees, on state house steps, at rallies, schools, in church basements and in packed auditoriums. I have been featured on national television, on videos, on radio and Webtv. I write for national and regional publications, I am a college professor, a community leader, an organizer and an activist. I help shape government energy policy and organize events to bring the reality and truth about the climate crisis to people around the country. AIT helped me travel from Mama to ClimateMama inspiring me and forever lighting a burning passion and powerful spark to my life long journey of education, exploration and hope.

Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am forever grateful.

Join me in signing the pledge to take action on climate change. Share your truth, tell your story. How has the world changed in the last 10 years, how has YOUR world changed?


Climate Mama

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Copyright (c) 2004 Richard Ling

Copyright (c) 2004 Richard Ling

Ruth Mundy is a singer and a songwriter from New Zealand. Her song, “Love in the Time of Coral Reefs” is beautiful, haunting, powerful and sad. Yet at the same time the song is incredibly empowering; daring us and demanding the we take action now. Special thanks to our friends at The Global Call for Climate Action for making sure Ruth’s song is on our radar, so that we can also make sure it’s on your radar too!

Ruth’s song is a reminder of the road we are currently traveling on and how close we are to the “edge.” It also is a call to action, reminding us we must have the resolve and strength to change directions if our children are to have a chance for a safe and sustainable future. Watch and listen to Ruth, and then pledge to take action.

Here are three things you can do today, to take action on climate change:

1. Register to vote so that your voice counts and mare sure you do vote for the climate in all elections. Every person running for public office, at all levels of government must have a climate change plan. Call or visit one of your local representatives and ask them to explain their plan on climate change action to you.

2. Recommit to climate action. Grab the kids in your life and sign The Climate Reality Project pledge to take climate action.

3. Sit down with the kids in your life, and create a family “Climate Action Plan.” Create long term and short term goals, things you can do today, this week, this month and this year. Share your plan with us, so we can share it with others too!


Climate Mama

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