To Save the Planet, Use Our Voices: That Includes Setting an Awesome Example for Kids…

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.

The roles have flipped now that we are adults – its our turn:   Setting a good example for kids on climate change solutions is a powerful, powerful way to use one’s 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 remembering the saying: “Hope is a renewable resource.”  Keep your morale up.  

Then, our immediate practical first step becomes “Deeply know our personal Superpowers,” those skills over which we all have 100% control: 

1) To save the planet, CHANGE OURSELVES FIRST;

2) To save the planet, INVEST OUR WORKING LIVES;

3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously in all its many flavors: Never miss a vote and never stop influencing your government.  Influence the vast business world by voting with your buying power… business listens when you speak its language.  Set a solid example in your personal life.  Tell friends what we must do.  Finally, have a carefully-chosen annual donor program.  All of these are ways you can use your voice.

No one can take your personal power away.  Stay focussed on the list of substantive global warming solutions.  

And at all times, cast aside the “learned-helplessness” that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for action.  

Never give up.

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