Is a habitable planet as important as, say, a good college education? There's a big disconnect in this community around attitudes about global warming, particularly for those of us who are parents. Many of us move to Palo Alto (and neighboring towns) because it's such a child-friendly town. We're here because we want the best for our kids. On the whole, we focus a great deal of energy on our youngsters to make sure they get the most out of life. But when it comes to something really major that's potentially a deal breaker for our kids' quality of life, what are we really doing as parents?
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