We need to be out in the streets. For Them. To stop the one problem that threatens LIFE as we know it.
If they knew, our kids would teach grownups to clean up our mess, to sharpen our fuzzy awareness of their climate emergency. The actions we take today quite literally shape the world they inherit. The generation born in this new century will barely be able to drive or vote or drink, when they pass the final threshold of irreversible CO2 and the chance to do something meaningful about climate change has gone. If we start now, drastically and with great effort, we might do the impossible. If we don’t try, what will we say to them, and the next 7 generations.
We grownups need to use care to reinvent and rebuild our lives, our food, our work, and our energy in ways that leave a world for our kids. And it’s not enough to reduce my own footprint. I’ve got to help you reduce yours. You’ve got to help everyone you know. Our only chance at large-scale change requires all of us helping each other change.
Children, direct and guide us, the grownups, to live for tomorrow now.
This weekend the 350.org Columbia River Climate Action will protest the plans to expand fossil fuel exports on the Columbia. “Portland Rising Tide” is hosting a teach-in, music, speakers, and ACTION on the river this Saturday. See the calendar (at right) for more details. If you are in the Portland-Vancouver area, or want to ride a bus down for the day, make your voice heard by joining together to put a stop to the new coal, LNG, and tar sands export schemes.
“I think [the video] shows grownups that they shouldn’t let their kids do it alone. And if their kids are going to go out and do it anyways, why can’t they go, too? We’ll all be better off if we do it together.” — Stella, Age 9 (After watching the video “Moms Against Climate Change – Demonstration“)