Why Climate Change Should Be Part of Every Parent’s Job Description
Eight years ago, San Francisco parent Lisa Hoyos realized something extraordinary. The climate impacts she heard about in the news weren’t just going to happen at some distant point in the future. They were going to happen when her two sons, one four months old and the other three years, were in their late 20s. This awakening led Hoyos, to found an advocacy group, Climate Parents, which seeks to engage parents and grandparents in the goal of achieving 100% clean power.
The group’s work, chronicled in a recent ClimateWire article, is certainly significant. Hoyos and team have already amassed an email list of 42,000 supporters and has had some big wins with climate education in schools. But perhaps what’s even more remarkable is the potential for Hoyos’ group to drastically shift the identities we associate with climate change. Right now, part of what it means to be a Democrat is to believe climate change is happening and support solutions, and part of what it means to be a Republican is to do the opposite. But what if part of what it meant to be a parent, a widely-held identity that crosses political and social boundaries, was to do something about climate change? Now that could be powerful.
Anne C. Mulkern, Contributor to ClimateWire
SAN FRANCISCO — Just before the presidential election in 2008, Lisa Hoyos began thinking about the year 2035.
She was driving to pick up her son when she heard a radio broadcast how climate change could affect food chains. In the marine world, it warned, there could be a systemwide collapse by that future year, resulting in seafood scarcity.
Hoyos’ new baby, Cruz, then 4 months old, was riding in the back seat. Her older son, Kai, was 3 years old at the time. She did the math.
Image credit: Lisa Hoyos via ClimateWire