With a US Administration that seems hostile if not down right destructive when it comes to acting on climate change, we have found the book “DRAWDOWN, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming” to be a breath of fresh air and a replenisher of our climate hope.

Edited by Paul Hawken and compiled with  input and consultation from a coalition that includes more than 200 researchers, business leaders, scholars, and change makers from across the globe… including geologists, engineers, agronomists, researchers, fellows, writers, climatologists, biologists, botanists, economists, financial analysts, architects, companies, agencies, NGOs, activists, and other experts”… the information presented in the book has been widely fact checked, reviewed, and validated.

Drawdown lists and ranks the 100 solutions to climate disruption, with educating girls number 6 on the list. While we instinctively know that education begets knowledge, and that with knowledge comes power to change, to invent, and to heal; how does educating girls actually help solve the climate crisis?

According to Drawdown:

“Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their communities. It also is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth. Women with more years of education have fewer and healthier children, and actively manage their reproductive health.

Educated girls realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Their rates of maternal mortality drop, as do mortality rates of their babies. They are less likely to marry as children or against their will. They have lower incidence of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families better nourished.

Education also shores up resilience and equips girls and women to face the impacts of climate change. They can be more effective stewards of food, soil, trees, and water, even as nature’s cycles change. They have greater capacity to cope with shocks from natural disasters and extreme weather events.”

We would like to draw your attention and your active help to a campaign to advance the education of girls in  Pakistan.  Join us in lighting up schools in Pakistan, a country on the front lines of climate change.

Our friend and colleague Asif Iqbal is the campaign lead. Asif is a climate leader and volunteer Manager for the Climate Reality Project in Pakistan. Asif is raising funding through Generosity to install solar panels in small schools in Pakistan. In Pakistan, 48% of schools are without electricity. In many areas in Pakistan temperatures during the summer can be more than  40°C.  School conditions often are unbearable, as children  spend 4 to 5 hours of their class hours in extremely hot weather, without running fans. Among the more than 25 million children in Pakistan out of school – most of these children are girls and most of these girls are in poor families.

Donate to light up the schools now – $1000 is enough to power up each school through the purchase  of 4 solar panels, a battery, connection wire and installation. These systems will help run 3 fans and 6 energy saver lights in each school. Volunteer to be part of the team, share this campaign with others; together we can make a difference as we work together to create a livable world for our children and for us.

Yours,

 

Climate Mama

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On Tuesday, January 9th, along with many other Climate Mamas and Papas, I testified in New York City in support of the Clean Power Plan; the Obama administration’s plan for the US to meet it’s stated obligations under the Paris Agreement. The Clean Power Plan is the first ever federal plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The plan allows for states to organize under various options to meet these carbon reduction requirements.  As we see it, the plan certainly doesn’t go far enough, and, it has flaws –  a big one of which is the inclusion of gas as an option. However, rather than repeal the plan, as Scott Pruitt’s EPA is proposing, we need to strengthen it and fix it.

Incredibly, the EPA did not hold one hearing in the region I live in, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, The US Virgin Islands, and 8 tribal nations. Clearly, we are on the front lines of climate change, yet Mr. Pruitt doesn’t seem to think our input is worthwhile.

Below are my written comments submitted to the EPA. Also, here is a link to a video of the afternoon hearing which I attended. ( my testimony starts around the 2:10 minute mark)

My take away from the event. We need to speak up, we need to continuing doing so, even if we are seen but not heard. The audience at the hearing was, to a person, in support of keeping the Clean Power Plan. And, it was clear to me that everyone who testified was part of the climate movement in some way, shape or form.

So, are we just talking to one another and in our own silo or bubble? Perhaps in this case we are. But, on this subject, we are clearly are not being given our public right to be heard by our government. And this practice, of shutting out the public, is not only troubling but it is dangerous. We cannot allow this to be the case, so if need be, we need to host our own Public Hearings – which we did! We are inviting everyone to speak out Join us. We will be heard…..

Yours,

Climate Mama

P.S. YOU can still send comments to the EPA on their proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan until January 16th. You can upload your comments here.

New York City People’s Hearing on the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Afternoon Session, January 9th, 2018

Submission by: Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director, ClimateMama And Chair of the Climate Reality Project, New York City Metro Chapter

Thank you to the offices of Attorney General Schniederman and New York Mayor De Blasio, as well as to the many other partners, who organized to hold these important hearings.

I am the Executive Director of ClimateMama, an organization that reaches families in all 50 states and over 100 countries. I am also the Chair of the Climate Reality Project New York City Metro Chapter and an adjunct professor of climate change policy. In addition and perhaps most importantly, I am the mother of 2 teenagers who I raised here in EPA Region 2. On October 23rd, 2013, at a Listening Session hosted in NYC by the EPA region 2 Offices, I spoke in support of Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants. It seemed, at those hearings and in that year, that the EPA was really listening and beginning to take it’s role as a regulator of carbon pollution seriously. Now a few short years later, that job seems to have been abdicated, and we as citizens of the United States are not even being given an opportunity to speak, let alone being heard. I will be speaking today as a mother, a resident of EPA region 2, and on behalf of Climatemama.

The fact that the EPA chose to initially hold only one hearing this past fall in West Virginia on its decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan is shameful. Adding a few more under pressure was too little too late. This seems to be a continued pattern under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership of the EPA, to ignore, shut out and deny access by citizens of the United States to the EPA, while at the same time, opening the door wide for corporations to have the full attention of the Administrator and his senor staff. Thank you for giving us, the people of EPA Region 2 this opportunity to have our voices, our concerns, and our hopes heard. EPA Region 2 was set up to serve the citizens of New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight tribal nations. The impacts of climate change, which are caused in large part by fossil fuel power plant emissions, have been and continues to be deeply felt by citizens of our region. The fact that not one hearing has been held in our region is – appalling.

Our Motto at Climate Mama: “Tell the truth, actions speak louder than words, and don’t be afraid,” sentiments, as parents we all teach our children. We also teach our children early on that if you make a mess, you need to clean it up. Our Mother Earth has been showing us, in innumerable ways, that the mess we are creating on our planet, because of greenhouse emissions, is not only making her sick, but also creating situations where life for many species, including our own, is now threatened.

“Global vertebrate populations — from elephants to amphibians — declined by 58 percent from 1970 to 2012, a 2016 World Wide Fund for Nature report noted, with losses likely to reach 67 percent by 2020. That’s two-thirds of all vertebrate animals on Earth vanished in the lifetime of a person not yet 50.”

The EPA, in an October 10, 2017 press release on it’s likely decision to repeal of the clean power plan, states” “The proposed repeal both examines the Obama administration’s cost-benefit analysis, as well as provides insights to support an updated analysis of the environmental, health, and economic effects of the proposed repeal. The Trump administration estimates the proposed repeal could provide up to $33 billion in avoided compliance costs in 2030.” And yet, air pollution in the US causes as many as 50,000 deaths per year and costs as much as $40 billion a year NOW in health care and lost productivity.

Also, according to a report released January 8th by NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US has sustained 219 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion, with the total cost exceeding $1.5 trillion (an average of 5.8 events per year, or in the last 5 years, an average of 11.6 per year.) In 2017 there were 16 events with loses exceeding $1 billion each across the US resulting in 362 deaths and at an economic cost of over $306 billion. This doesn’t even include the indirect costs of these disasters. As we live climate change we need to redefine the words “natural” disasters.

The EPA’s stated mission is to “protect human health and the environment,” not to help companies avoid costs and compliance with regulations that would in fact, if implemented “protect human health and the environment.” The costs of NOT addressing carbon pollution are huge and significant. The costs must be factored in to EPA decisions about regulating carbon from power plants and implementing the Clean Power Plan.

You have the science, and the facts before you, which are very clear on why we must regulate greenhouse gases, and in particular carbon pollution from power plants. These facts only become more clear with each passing year and are why, governments and international organizations the world over, are pulling away from investments in fossil fuels. This past fall, the World Bank stated it will no longer invest nor support fossil fuel projects, and many banks, investment companies and governments are divesting from fossil fuel projects, after risk assessments show these investments to be destabilizing and potential catastrophic. Yet, this administration is “doubling down” on fossil fuels and the EPA, an agency set up to protect our health and environment seems to be giving “cover” to these bad investments.

Below are some personal reflections, echoed in many similar ways by our ClimateMama members about how the lack of regulation for greenhouse gas pollutants is threatening our children’s health, welfare, future and their lives.

As a mother, I am desperately concerned for my children’s future and their NOW which is threatened by climate change. The EPA, if funded appropriately and tasked with it’s role, has a unique opportunity to have a huge, direct positive impact on my children’s future, by enforcing the Clean Power Plan, and instead of dismantling it, making it stronger and more impactful.

This past fall was the 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy; last week we saw what a “bomb cyclone” did to Boston, with a storm surge previously unseen previously, yet a harbinger of things to come for cities like Boston and New York. Climate is creating the conditions, rising sea levels and warmer oceans that turned storms like Sandy, and the hurricanes that Houston, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys faced this fall into “super storms.” These climate impacts, will only get worse over time, as will the costs to us all for recovering from them.

Health impacts from climate change are directly hurting my family. My son has developed seasonal asthma. Both my husband and son have severe poison ivy allergies. My daughter has breathing problems, exacerbated by heat extremes. A dear friend on Long Island was stricken with West Nile virus, and her daughter, sickened by Lyme disease The World Health Organization has told us that air pollution is a carcinogen and perhaps the greatest threat to human health. We know that power plants are one of THE major contributors to air pollution today. My husband is an oncologist, he is already much too busy.

How many more scientific studies and major reports do we need to see, which continue to confirm with 95% or greater certainty that we humans are causing our climate to change, before we take action? We know that burning fossil fuels is a key reason our changing climate, and cutting carbon pollution is critical to allow our planet to begin to heal. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has given us a carbon budget, which, if we continue on our current path, we cannot meet. While our government budget “wars” are just “heating up” our carbon budget remains a battle that our government doesn’t seem to want to recognize or confront. Yet, for my children and their future, this is a budget that is infinitely more important, hugely more costly, and intimately tied to our country financial health and to the financial health of the global economy.

We need to recognize and acknowledge the true cost of carbon pollution, which is a huge economic burden on our country. The Clean Power Plan needs to be updated and strengthened, not dismantled. In hindsight, we now know that including gas, a fossil fuel, as an option within the Clean Power Plan was and remains, a serious mistake. Science is clearly showing us that gas is a plank leading to a steep cliff and a bridge to nowhere. Fix the Clean Power Plan, don’t repeal it. Carry out the EPA’s stated mission, to protect human health and the environment. Enact strong carbon pollution standards. Global warming pollution and its impacts are creating social, economic, and moral costs that we are passing on to our children. Their future and ours, depends on what we do now.

Thank you,

Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director, ClimateMama

 

 

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2018 is marching in full force and demanding not to be ignored! Record cold weather across the country, a San Francisco earthquake and a “bomb cyclone” impacting over 120 million US residents – and we are only 4 days into the new year.

Mother Nature certainly seems to be reminding us, in no uncertain terms, that she is wide awake, on the job and demanding that we stay  on our toes. As Climate Mamas and Papas, we know that 2018 will be a year for action, for adventure and for sharing and living by, our ClimateMama motto: “Tell the truth, actions speak louder than words, and don’t be afraid.”

Join us, as our Executive Director and Climate Mama extraordinaire, Harriet, shares a few of her reflections and personal highlights from 2017 and offers some words of wisdom as we begin our annual 365 day “revolution.” With all kidding aside, a revolution  may be exactly what we need!

2017 A Good Year?

Can I actually say that, 2017 was “A Good Year?” As we all take stock of 2017, numerous superlatives come to mind; is “good” one of them? “Great,” “Big” and “Huge” were certainly words we heard a lot. In many of the circles I traveled through, I also heard people speaking of bad dreams, nightmares, depression and deep and dark concerns for our democracy, our humanity and our very survival. Continue reading

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In  early December, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released  draft rules on permanently banning fracking in the Delaware River Basin. The rules are a mixed bag, peranently banning fracking operations in the Basin –  but at the same time allowing the disposal of fracking waste in the Basin, as well as permitting water withdrawals from the Delaware River Basin, to be used for  fracking operations elsewhere. The public will have a chance to comment on these draft rules at four upcoming public hearings –  two on January 23 in Waymart, Pa., and two on January  25 in Philadelphia. You can sign up to attend the hearings and for the opportunity to be listed as a speaker  here.

Written comments can be submitted online until Feb. 28. The commission is expected to take a final vote on these rules later in 2018.

Climate Mama extraordinaire, Rachel Dawn Davis shares with us why it is so important to HER and why it should be important to all of US that the Delaware River Basin is NEVER  opened for fracking operations – of any kind. Wednesday December 13th, is the next regular business meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) . Join Rachel at this next meeting and have your voice heard.

Below in her own words, is Rachel’s story.

Don’t Be Fracking Crazy

by Rachel, Dawn Davis

We each have a role to play in our communities, defending public lands from powerful interests. It has been happening for centuries and at this juncture, Donald Trump is doubling down on fossil fuels and threaten the health and wellbeing of every nation on earth. It is up to state and local leaders to chart a path forward for clean renewable energy, and right now the Governors of NY, NJ, PA and DE have a chance to do it in the Delaware River Basin by voting to ban fracking and fracking waste in this critical watershed.

The fight over fracking in the Delaware River basin is not a new fight, in fact 6 years ago, I was working with community groups across the region to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. I was pregnant with my first born a the time. Saying this makes me think about how Trump can say he is pro life while promoting fossil fuels that are poisoning communities and warming our planet, literally jeopardizing life as we know it. What is pro life about that?

I digress… .Here’s a true story about the time I told my Food & Water Watch Director I was pregnant and an urgent plea to join me and others on December 13 to prevent fracking and fracking waste dumping from invading the Delaware River Basin. Please sign up NOW to speak on Wednesday, December 13th! Continue reading

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Beginning December 4th at 6pm ET, former US Vice President Al Gore will host The Climate Reality Project’s seventh-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast—24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality—a 24-hour live event, empowering millions watching worldwide to use their voices to speak up for solutions, science, and truth at this decisive point in history. It will be carried by broadcast partners globally, and streamed live online at 24HoursofReality.org and on our ClimateMama facebook page!

One of our favorite Climate Reality Leaders and Climate Papa extraordinare Jim Poyser will join  kids from Earth Charter Indiana   during the first hour of 24 Hours of Reality. Celebrities, musicians, elected officials, and thought leaders will join the broadcast to highlight the importance of climate activism around the world, including:

  • Special performances by:
    •  Multi-Grammy award-winning, international superstar Sheryl Crow previewing “Long Way Back,” from the Front and Center Music Series debuting February 8 on public television
    • Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle of OneRepublic performing their hit song “Truth to Power” as featured in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
    • Indian music sensation Shaan, premiering his video “Janiye,” an ode to the beautiful Kashmir, which is under threat from climate change
    • K-pop star Jay Park, premiering the English version of his song “Yacht”
    • Now United in their first televised performance.
  • Musical guests: Annie Lennox, Alli Simpson, Sandro Cavazza performing Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza ‘Without You’, Belinda Carlisle, Billy Bragg, Christy Altomare, Ellie Goulding, G.E.M., The Hives, Iggy Pop, Jason Mraz, Jean-Michel Jarre, The Killers, Levi Hummon, Maná, Midnight Oil, Minzy, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Phe Reds, Rag’n’Bone Man, Shawn Mendes, Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan ExpressSpencer Ludwig, Tall Heights and Young Paris.
  • Celebrity appearances: Patrick Adams, Ed Begley Jr., Mariah CareySam Champion, Nikolaj Coster-WaldauTim Daly, Helen Hunt, Téa Leoni, Jonathan Scott,Shailene Woodley and Calum Worthy.
  • Elected officials and thought leaders: President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, California Governor Jerry Brown, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Bonn Lord Mayor Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Tshepiso Msimanga, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Philippines Senator Loren Legarda, and World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab.

This year’s 24 Hours of Reality will explore the extraordinary climate activism happening all across the planet, highlighting inspiring stories of politicians, businesses, communities, and everyday people standing up and illustrating how we can all make a difference, right now, right when our planet needs us most.

The program will begin on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 PM EST and will be broadcast live from New York City’s Roosevelt Island. The broadcast will travel around the globe highlighting stories of climate activism in six regions: North America, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Al Gore will also share stories and statistics from the iconic slideshow presentation featured in the film An Inconvenient Truth and the recently-released An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

Our Climate Mama, Harriet is featured in Mr. Gore’s most recent book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power which was released with the film. Harriet was also recently honored by Mr. Gore with the Climate Reality Green Ring Award.

ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT

Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action on climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of over 13,000 trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org, “Like” at www.facebook.com/climatereality, or follow on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

 

 

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I walked in the footprints of elephants. Really.

I was privileged to have this amazing opportunity this past summer, in Botswana. This was my first and so far my only visit to Africa, and it was a life changing event. Seeing amazing beings –  elephants, lions, zebras, wild dogs, hippos –  in their natural habitat was truly magical; the stuff of my childhood dreams. I also realized just how threatened these amazing creatures are from climate change – including from habitat loss and extreme weather. We need to help people connect these dots, and make sure we do all we can to protect these animals and their homes.

Recently in the United States it was reported that the US Fish and Wildlife Service would allow  “elephant trophies” to be imported from Zambia and Zimbabwe. On so many fronts, this is and would be a travesty. This decision is on hold however,  because of an out pouring of pressure. Do add your name to this Avaaz petition, that has almost 2 MILLION signatures. Let’s make sure this “hold” stays permanent.

To me, this type of outpouring of outrage, this public pressure, is THE silver lining in what has been a difficult year to many of us – both as parents and as US citizens. As our democracy goes through many challenges and upheavals, and as a harsh light is shining on the realities of how broken the US federal government really is, I am THANKFUL this Thanksgiving for this resurgence in public action, outcry,  advocacy and resolve.

Whether it is through the #metoo campaign, protecting transgender rights in the military, immigrant rights and standing up to hate groups or through a significant increase in the number of voters at the ballot boxes, it is clear that people from across the United States are making their voices heard and their actions count.

Don’t shy away from those difficult discussions this year at the Thanksgiving table. Do listen to your “uncle Jim” who may have a very different perspective on events and issues then you do. Try starting conversations from a place of common ground and shared values. Perhaps your conversation will begin from a place of love for your children, your home, or with a shared and treasured family story. Make it personal, and do make your voice, your concerns and your hopes heard. Our children (of all ages) are watching us. They are looking to us for examples and to lead. We cannot and must not “normalize” situations and actions that clearly are NOT normal.

With thanks and love to all our Climate Mamas and Papas. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Yours,

 

Climate Mama


P.S Regarding wild animals in nature and elephants in particular. Please join us and share the National Wildlife Federation’s EVERY ELEPHANT COUNTS contest; share it with your children, their teachers, your family and friends. Learn why EVERY elephant counts. Enter the contest  today, YOU could win a trip to Botswana and have your own magical journey too…

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Like a lego set with pieces missing, annual United Nations climate conferences and meetings too often seem like projects that will never be completed with their purposes and goals beyond our imaginations. In fact, COP23 (The 23rd Conference of the Parties) may not even be in your lexicon, never mind on your radar. If you live in the United States –  United Nations negotiations on climate change seem to be sliding ever further away from the limelight, even as the need to have climate solutions front and center has never been more important.

For our Climate Mamas and Papas who ARE wondering what is happening in Bonn, Germany, where countries from around the world (including the USA) are attending the 23rd Conference of the Parties from November 6-17th,  this post is a quick summary of what is on the table, as well as a reminder of where we need to go.

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Each COP has a rotating presidency and COP23 is chaired by the Prime Minister of Fiji, a small island developing state on the front lines of climate change. As background and according to COP23 President’s website: “COP23 is the informal name for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, which marked the beginning of the international community’s first concerted effort to confront the problem of climate change. Known also as the Rio Convention, the UNFCCC established a framework for action to stabilise concentrations of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. The UNFCCC entered into force in 1994, and nearly all of the world’s nations—a total of 195—have now signed on. Each year the parties to the agreement convene to assess progress in implementing the convention and, more broadly, dealing with climate change. The first Conference of the Parties was held in Berlin in 1995. In 1997, the participants established the Kyoto Protocol, which included legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”

Making a long story short, all agreements made under the Kyoto Protocol end in 2020. With the adoption of the Paris Climate Accords in 2015, a new set of agreements were put in place, taking over and superseding those made in Kyoto. Continue reading

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We are thrilled to share with you the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) launch of Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change. This WECAN project is a web-based research database and initiative is collecting and sharing stories by and about women from around the world; women who are leading struggles and solutions for climate justice under a variety of cross-sectional themes.

The goal of this innovative Women Speak is to create an accessible and ever-growing source of information, research and multimedia storytelling for frontline Earth defenders, policymakers, journalists, activists, educators, students, and all those seeking to understand and demonstrate why and how women are paramount to just action on climate change, and the defense and protection of the web of life itself.

 WECAN, helps us understand that “worldwide, when women are empowered, there are immense benefits to entire communities and societies overall.  Sustainable and local economies grow , populations stabilize, and children’s health and education improve – all of which are foundations for a sustainable path forward. In many countries, women get out the vote and vote more often, and lead on environmental and social legislation when elected to public office. It has additionally been shown that women are one of the most vital actors in peace-making.”

ClimateMama is honored to be an Allied Organization, helping launch, share and promote this unique and special project. Be part of the solution. Share your story, your videos, your photos your reports. Learn more here.

Yours,

Climate Mama

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Happy Halloween! We, in North America have taken the celebration of ghosts, goblins and monsters to an extreme, and on October 31st we will be ringing in this festive and spooky holiday in a myriad of ways. It is an opportunity for fun and fantasy and an opportunity to “be in the moment” and enjoy!

I wanted to share some highlights from some of our past ClimateMama posts, some of our “scary” ghosts and goblin stories, as quite frankly these are stories that aren’t going to go away. Our kids health, future and now is in our hands and Halloween is as good a time as any to  remind us all that we must make climate solutions a part of our lives moving forward. Continue reading

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This weekend is the 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. In many ways Sandy seems like a lifetime ago  – yet “Harvey, Maria and Irma” three devastating hurricanes which struck the US and the Caribbean this fall – bring back stark reminders from that weekend, 5 years ago. Below is a post I wrote, a few days after Superstorm Sandy, and on the eve of the 2012 elections. We have so much work to do to build up our resiliency and prepare for this new “normal” of superstorms. Those of us raising our children on the coasts, are on the front lines. We must make sure our elected officials not only acknowledge the crisis we are in, but help us build, plan and prepare for our future, which is now.

We thought the politicization of climate change was bad in 2012, sadly, things are have only gotten much worse. Climate change is happening whether you are republican, democrat, independent, rich or poor, blue, purple, black or white. We MUST take action. Hiding our heads in the sand, denying reality won’t stop the changes that are already taking place. In this upcoming election of 2017, please do vote; and for our children, challenge those seeking your vote. Ask them: “What are YOU doing about climate change?” If they don’t have a ready answer and a plan, please DO NOT give them your vote.

For our Climate Mamas and Papas in the northeast, do join us if you can, on Saturday in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and on Sunday, in Asbury Park. Look for our signs…

Yours,

Climate Mama

Climate Change: Making Your Vote Count For Our Kids – Post Sandy

Superstorm Sandy, “my neighborhood”

November 2, 2012: As I drink my morning coffee, through my kitchen window I still see homes with no lights, but the noise from generators that punctuated the usual early morning quiet these past few days, is absent. Neighbors are putting their recycling containers on the curb –Tuesday’s pick up has been rescheduled for today. Some normalcy returns. About 1/3 of our town now seems to have power, although on some streets it continues to look like bombs went off and clean up has yet to begin. The shock of Sandy is being replaced by resignation and acceptance, as people who’s homes have had extensive damage are looking for more permanent short to medium term solutions for places to live, and those without power are accepting the fact that it still could be days, or even weeks till they get it back. Continue reading

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