Climate change and planning for our kids' futures
Original post made by PA Concerned Mom, Crescent Park, on Feb 5, 2007
I'm talking about global warming, and I simply don't see very many parents showing much concern about how this problem is going to affect their kids -- but it will, and at our current rate of climate change, it's going to get very personal in the next couple decades.
As a mom, what's on my mind is that I want to know I'm doing everything I can so that my progeny can have the same quality of life -- e.g., predictable, safe weather patterns, reliable water supply, clean air, etc. -- that I've enjoyed so far. Are other parents thinking about this, too? I believe that, as caring, responsible parents, we need to start doing the following:
1. Educate ourselves on the situation and know the realities and agreed-upon predictions
2. Begin to discuss it with our children in an age-appropriate way so that they're aware of the issues
3. Begin to make lifestyle changes that, on a large scale, can make a real difference in greenhouse gas emissions
4. As a family, start thinking differently about overall consumption habits
I'd like to hear what other parents are thinking about these ideas.
-- PA Concerned Mom