As a kid, I always watched the grown ups… Like a young hawk, I absorbed the examples they set: They showed me how I should live, what leadership looks like. They showed me that I have power and a voice.
We can set them on the path to low carbon-footprint habits that will last their entire lives.
But an even more high-value skill is that they learn to confidently speak out and be civic leaders, as their global warming era unfolds. They get that leadership talent tomorrow by seeing us today act as leaders, unafraid to use our adult voices.
Please give minute’s listen to a great short interview with parent John Friedrich, by Yale researcher Anthony Leiserowitz. The accompanying transcript is by Sara Peach.
The piece appeared in Yale Climate Connections, a first-rate source for research and insight on global warming solutions which we follow, and enjoy… and recommend. Their pieces are always well done and refreshing.
If we are stand up guys and gals, our kids will be too… this is an ancient process.
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Not sure how to start saving the planet (civilization, really)? Start by always remembering Al Gore’s famous saying: “Hope is a renewable resource.”
Then, our practical answer becomes “Deeply know the personal Superpowers” we all bring to the game of life:
3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously! Never miss a vote and never, ever stop influencing your government and all businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level. As well, set a solid example for all around you to see. Jawbone to others about what we need to do, and influence them as peers. Finally, have an annual cash donations program. All of these are ways we can use our voices.
Stay focussed: Lead the way with substantive global warming solutions. (Far from being a bummer, this is actually a fun trend for each of us to be part of… get energized!) Our kids and their kids will be proud of us.
And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for climate change solutions. Never give up.
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