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KIPS TIPS March 2019

 

Happy Spring !
As Spring quickly approaches, our thoughts turn to planting our gardens and spending time in Nature. But these past few years, the erratic weather makes us wonder what Summer will bring?! Children around the world voiced alarms about their future on March 15th as they skipped school to stage a Climate Strike.  This wasn't a prank. These kids are deadly serious as they demand that adults take action immediately to protect the climate which is their future! Learn more about 15-year-old Greta and her passionate followers below.  For the full text, and links to climate change activities for children, go to our recent KIPS Blog  
Make Earth Day Everyday!
Marilee & Phil
The KIPS People ~ Comfort Consults
 

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Can we listen and learn from our children?  Yes, we must!  Just listen to the wisdom of Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, age 15 years, who has sparked a worldwide children’s campaign to protect our climate.  Last year she became so depressed witnessing the lethargy of adults’ inaction to protect our climate that she left school and spent 3 weeks protesting outside of the Swedish Parliament to spur politicians’ action. Soon after she began taking Fridays off from school to continue her protest.  Greta has spotlighted what she deems the greatest worldwide crisis facing us today. A crisis which severely impacts children’s future. 

 When invited to speak to the elite 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, Greta scolded,

“We are at a time in history where everyone with any insight of the climate crisis that threatens our civilisation – and the entire biosphere – must speak out in cleargreta-thunberg_climate_change_sml language, no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable that may be. . . .

I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

News of Greta’s Protest Is Based on Science and Gone Viral

Numerous other children in dozens of countries across the world have joined climate change protests with the support of their parents. We must listen to the wise words of our children and take action to protect their future starting now, before our planet is irreversibly damaged. Climate change is accepted science.  The Future of Children: Children and Climate Change, published by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, projects that extremes in temperature, rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns already threaten children’s physical and mental health and will continue to do so for future generations.

What Can We Do To Combat Climate Change?

Teach our children, to love Nature so they learn early to enjoy and take care of their environment.  The easiest way to begin is for parents and children to spend time in Nature -- take walks, go to the park, collect leaves, splash in puddles so children learn to explore, appreciate and take care of the birds, bees, trees and all the wonders of Nature.  

Read children’s books that highlight our natural surroundings. This opens conversations about our environment full of plants and animals, oceans, creeks and deserts. Here are three recent books:

  1. Honeysuckle Hugs, is a magical book for all ages that takes you on a whimsical journey through Nature.  This printed book is a delightful blend of art and poetry that guides parents and children to respect and explore the sensations of plant life and the calming influences of Nature.
  2. Is This My Home, is a narrated digital book which discovers the world through the eyes of a child. It’s free online and displays colorful illustrations of animals and plants encountered in different climates across the world. 
  3. Goodbye Earth, is a poignant story written and read online by 9-year-old Zahn Cowie to push grown-ups to stop stalling and take action to protect our climate.

The next steps aimed at slowing climate change may require changes in family or community habits. These are aimed at reducing your carbon footprint related to global rise in temperatures, extreme weather patterns, melting of glaciers, and rise in sea levels.  These steps can be tailored to your own preferences and resources. 

For 6 examples of small, but powerful actions to counteract climate change, try the list below and read their reasoning in our KIPS Blog.

  1. Eat more vegetables, less meat. 
  2. Buy locally produced food and materials whenever possible. 
  3. Manage your home heating and cooling efficiently. 
  4. Walk, bicycle, carpool, or use public transportation. 
  5. Reuse and recycle plastics, paper and glass.
  6. Most important of all! Use your voice and your vote for your children’s future. Individuals alone can make only a small impact.  We need policy change at the local, state and federal levels to address climate change.  Join the student protesters to urge community leaders, businesses, and politicians to take actions to protect the environment, limit pollutants, cut back on fossil fuels and carbon emissions, and move to sustainable energy sources.  Join parent organizations like Mothers Out Front, Climate Dads or Moms Clean Air Force to combine your voice with others to be heard by policy makers. 

Take Action

We must follow Greta’s wise words.  Step beyond hope and take action.  If we all commit to change our own habits and press businesses and our governments to take responsibility for improving the climate that impacts our public health and environment, we will be able to take pride in the future we’ve created for our children and grandchildren. 

Use these Resources to lay the path to climate change with children:

Natural Start Alliance - https://naturalstart.org/feature-stories/nature-field-trips-making-learning-come-alive-young-children

5 Ways to Teach Children About Climate Change - https://www.ecowatch.com/5-ways-to-teach-children-about-climate-change-1882006127.html

6 Things We Must Do About Climate Change - https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/what-we-can-do-about-climate-change

 


 

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