One thing that is often on my mind, is the precipice we now find ourselves on. As hard as it is to admit, we're doing some things to the planet in order to sustain our current way of life that have very high costs. Climate change is accelerating at a very high rate, and extreme weather conditions are already being felt across North America and the rest of the world
If these things are already affecting us right now, how bad will things be for our children? Not changing is not an option. It takes all of us to demand better from ourselves and from big industries to do better for the planet. We are all responsible for taking care of this planet until it is handed over to the next generation. We need to nurture this planet with the same tender love and care that we apply to those we love---our parents, brothers and sisters, friends, and children.
Ignoring the big business efforts to create confusion over the issue of climate change, I think there is really one thing driving denial of climate change. And that is fear. Fear of change. Of having to change your life, or maybe even something about yourself. Humans have such strong instincts to fear change because the unfamiliar and unknown can be dangerous. Even today, there are still many cases where these instincts serve us well. Not walking down a dark alley at night, or proceeding cautiously past aggressive people on the street. But climate change is a serious issue that is simply too big to ignore. Rather than focusing so much energy on being afraid that it is real, we should refocus that energy into reminding ourselves of the cost to our children should we do nothing. Personally, there are few things as terrifying in my son's future as this: the prospect of one day having to explain to him how my entire generation failed our children. That we were so scared, we weren't able to change. That the burden of that fear is his generation's to bear, as weather continues to escalate to unimaginable extremes.
The silver lining of this predicament is, without a doubt, our children. They are our future, literally. During two years of volunteering at the San Francisco Zoo, I was amazed time and time again to find that children were full of knowledge where adults were uninformed. So many children are doing things to better their communities and the environment. They are our hope. And perhaps it wouldn't hurt if we were all a little more like them.
Lots of children out there are fans of the show Yo Gabba Gabba, and the #GreenForMuno campaign aims to bring climate change to the forefront. What better advocates could there be for climate change than our children? It gives them the opportunity to be proactive in the world we all share. Watch the video and then learn more at trueclimatestories.org!
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