We've learned that collective action can greatly influence systemic change, which is why we recommend connecting with other parents to take on climate action. At the same time, there are many things we can do as individuals, beyond lifestyle changes. One of the most effective is to use our voices and amplify the voices of others.
- Talk to family and friends. We don't talk enough about climate change in social settings, which can lead to a "circle of silence" - with people assuming that nobody else is thinking about it because nobody is talking about it. We can break that silence with family and friends, sharing our concerns, asking others how they feel, and deeply listening to what they share in return. Here's more about why it's important to practice talking about climate change from an expert on the subject, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
- Share on your socials. These days most of us are our own 'broadcasters' since we can put stuff out on our social media channels. So, post about climate change. Join our Facebook page and follow our Instagram account and share things from there or from other similar places. (And, if you run into climate deniers, check this out).
- 3) Write letters to the editor. A LOT of people read the letters to the editor section in the newspaper. So, consider writing some on climate change. You don't need to be an expert. Keep them short and sweet. Express your concern as a parent or grandparent and call on elected officials to do more.
- 4) Write/call/visit your elected officials. The more that politicians hear directly from their constituents on an issue, the more likely it is they will act on it. A personal letter to an elected official counts for a lot, a phone call even more, and an in-person visit the most. Again, you don't need to be an expert - just speak up as a parent or grandparent and ask for more action.
Let us know how these go, or ask for support by emailing: [email protected]