We are natural-born storytellers. Stories share collective wisdom from the past and inspiration for the future. They spark our imaginations and creativity. And they help change the world.
There are so many stories that need to be told right now, and as parents and grandparents, our voices are the ones to tell them. How?
First, think about the story you want to tell. What are you passionate about? What do you want people to know about or act on? Are there others' stories that are not being heard that you can help amplify?
Remember, although there are many scary stories out there, they don't all have to be. Here's a great example of a positive Message from the Future from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
When you know what you want to say, here are some ideas for how to share it:
1. Talk to your friends, family, and neighbours. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe calls this the most important thing you can do to fight climate change. Use your voice as a storyteller to let them know that we all have the same concerns: our family, health, employment, a place to live - and that all of those concerns are impacted by climate change. It's a story that unites us all.
2. Tell your story in the media. Look up how to submit a letter to the editor or op-ed to your local paper, or aim higher, for a regional or national paper. Here's a helpful guide to writing letters to the editor and op-eds. Use your social media networks to share an open letter or a video of yourself - here are some great tips on recording your message from FOK's Communications expert, Amber.
3. Invite your kids to tell their stories. They are the ones who will be most impacted by change: how do they feel, and what do they think should be done? Share their stories too.
4. Ready for a special assignment? Dig a little deeper, write a blog post, and we'll share it on the For Our Kids' website!
Make the story count!