Climate Change is a Mother's Issue
When you consider the wide reaching impacts of climate change, highlighted by the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, it is easy to want to bury your head in the sand. It is easy to turn on the TV, read a book, or think about what to have for dinner.
But when something threatens the health and future of our kids, well, moms don't tend to walk away.
World scientists, governments, and health activists have been making the connections between climate change and public health for years. Here's some of what they found. Climate change is linked to:
- increases in infectious diseases
- increases in rates of child asthma
- geopolitical instability
- food shortages and increased poverty and inequality
- health costs of increased natural disasters such as super storms, drought, and hurricanes
All of these are having a profound affect on our children and their collective futures, limiting their ability to find health, happiness, and prosperity as they grow into adulthood.
With a problem as large as climate change, with the stakes being so high, it's going to take a waterfall of action, support, and mobilizing to halt the damage being caused now, and well into the future, from climate change. Thankfully, mothers are taking a leadership role in this fight against climate change, and we need every single one of them.
This past week's #EcoTipTue was on Moms and Climate Change. You may think "What a downer!" but no, you'd be wrong. While the statistics are sobering, the overall message of the chat was look what we can do if we put our heads together, mobilize, inspire, and act.
At the chat we hosted several climate change groups that are leading the way in this.
First, we had Moms Clean Air Force, with writer and Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager, Molly Rauch. She just wrote this important piece about the moms facing the terrible economic and health costs of fracking in their communities. Her tweets highlighted the convergence between parenthood and climate change:
@mollyrauch A3: Someone needs to tell Congress that our kids #health trumps corporate profits! #ActOnClimate#EcoTipTuehttp://ow.ly/vgdjV
@mollyrauch A2: People are dying NOW because of #climate change. 88% of those people are #children. http://ow.ly/vgc2f via @EHPonline#EcoTipTue
@mollyrauch A1: Kids bear the greatest burden of #climate impacts: Drought, famine, heat, air pollution. #EcoTipTuehttp://ow.ly/vgcoM @cleanairmoms
@kelseywirth1 A7 Join @mothersoutfront and other parent groups to pressure our leaders to ACT. Clicktivism isn't enough. http://bit.ly/1i1ngn2 #EcoTipTueShe urged us to pay attention to what your leaders are doing (or NOT doing) in terms of climate change: @kelseywirth1 A8 For science http://bit.ly/PLRLao , voting records http://bit.ly/1eak3AK , join @mothersoutfront, follow groups in this chat. #EcoTipTue@kelseywirth1 A10 By developing a powerful new constituency that can push our leaders to take action http://bit.ly/1fo6OjA #EcoTipTue
@climateparents A2 With soaring rates of asthma and allergies, #climatechange is hurting kids NOW. http://bit.ly/kidsimpact #EcoTipTuepic.twitter.com/NMG64dvhSD@climateparents Apr 1 A5 Some “leaders” can be bought off by fossil fuel companies - we must pass campaign finance reform. http://bit.ly/fossilfunded #EcoTipTueRT@lisahoyos@climateparents is recruiting parents 2 speak up 4 strong power plant rules in ME, NC, MI, MN. Send prospects pls! #ecotiptue
Reframe #climatechange: exciting challenge 4 creative minds. So many opportunities await. Don’t be afraid. Eyes WIDE open. #ecotiptue1 thing 2 do: Flex UR #climateaction muscles. Make UR own family #ClimateAction plan & be part of the solution, together! #ecotiptue
@MomsRising get a quote 4 solar! It just takes a few customers leaving fossil fuels to make the old utility system take notice #EcoTipTue
We were also joined by the Australian climate group called 1 Million Women. This group is positive, proactive, energetic, and has big goals for conquering climate change. They shared:
@1millionwomen A7: less stuff, while getting more out of life. At 1MW we share inspiration to live a sustainable life, Join us and be counted! #EcoTipTue@1millionwomen A2: We are launching a campaign today to save the Great Barrier Reef for future generations, watch our website for more details #ecotiptue
As you can see, this was quite a group to host for #EcoTipTue. The collective energy was absolutely thrilling, and hopeful. With these women leading the way-- moms can and will organize to halt climate change and make a real difference in the lives of all children, everywhere.
Won't you join these groups in calling on the power of moms to halt climate change?
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