Parents and Climate Change

The challenge of managing climate change is something like the challenge of managing a child who is getting into drugs or is at the early stages of addiction. We recognize a problem and certainly worry that it might get worse, possibly much worse, but we wonder what is the appropriate action to take now? Where will he end up? Is it really such a big deal? Will it all just resolve itself? Am I getting carried away and over reacting?

Our child is so precious to us, that if you knew the future and that future was him ending up in gangs, over dose or jail and homelessness down the road, what action would you take now? What extremes might you consider to avoid this terrible outcome? Would you even sacrifice your own life to prevent such a terrible future for your child? Most parents I know certainly would.

Climate matters so much that despite some uncertainty about the extent of future climate extremes, is it not prudent to act – seriously – now? We already have seen many tell-tale signs. What kind of parents are we to our climate gone wrong?


Imagine you are the parent of a large family. You bring out a basket of buns (one each) and set them on the table and go into the kitchen for more food. When you come out, you see that some children have taken several buns leaving only crumbs for the rest. How would you feel? What might you do?

I can’t imagine many people saying they would accept this hypothetical situation. So, why is it accepted when the rich countries do the same with the world’s resources? Now, what were you going to do with the children and the buns? Do  you think this is what should be done in our world today?