You say you love your children…
For every parent and politician who says they are fighting for children and our future, you should ask them (yourself), “But, are you fight for their success or your own?’
I’d argue that buying them a bullet resistant (it won’t stop the weapons of choice for mass shooters) is not fighting FOR them. I’ll suggest that adding the trauma of hiding from active shooters is not the back-to-school lessons that we should want for kids, is working AGAINST them. Adults won’t challenge those they’ve elected/hired to operate in the best interest of their constituents.
Years of stalling and inaction has brought us to this more vulnerable place. Actions 5–10–20 years ago could have made a difference today. Inaction has led to more traumatized parents, pupils & communities. Teeachers didn’t study & graduate to teach children to hide under desks & in reinforced closets, in they event an active shooter enters their places of learning. school. A March for Our Lives is working to correct the sins of too many parents and their parents parents.
With youth representing the planets future, this is an awesome step in the right direction. The global action of young people fighting for earth with the Youth Climate Strike taking. I hope these students — most of whom are ineligible to vote — get the attention of their parents and grandparents and other voting family members. If their loved ones really loved them, they will demand elected officials vote to combat climate change & legislate to curb pollution. Young activists are mobilizing again; like they did for gun safety. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s 16-year old daughter is starting her own civic engagement. Like mother, like daughter.
We must correct and/or replace present-day leaders who are harming our future with biased, yet politically supported, present-day policies.
It’s no mystery that many of the climate deniers are Republicans and/or profit-seeking corporations and lobbyists from any party. Unfortunately, many of those politicians are the same folk who offer up thoughts and prayers in response to mass shootings. America used to lead in solutions, now it contributes to the problems. We now validate reversing climate solutions & export terror along with our bad domestic policies — and domestic terrorism.
Climate Change Is Real & Racist, too
The harmful effects of climate change can be calculated by region & race.
Pollution has a race problem, too. We must call that out as well. Wealth often drowns out the needs of those with less. Being responsive to the needs of the poor is part of the climate change fight, too. No human body should be subjected to toxins. And, pollution left in under-resources spaces will seep elsewhere.
Children shouldn’t have to march for better policies. But, they are taking the lead, because adults (politicans & many voters) aren’t making responsible choices. Who are the parents, who sign permission slips to allow their kids to leave class to address climate change, voting for? What were the dinnertime conversations that day? Did the kids return home to agnostic guardians? Did the millions of youth & older allies, who marched for our lives, help shift elections last November?
Profit over People?
School administrators are making some interesting choices to balance shrinking school budgets. But, are they addressing the possible impact to the students & staffs who attend? This story of a possible link between a school cell tower and a child cancer swarm cannot be ignored. We often fail to interrogate unintended consequences, when we chase the dollar.
Most agree that our environment matters, yet, seemingly good choices can have bad consequences. Those who politically deny these truths don’t really care about us. Historic storms & droughts & floods jolt the planet and our lives. Yet, some folks; including elected officials; will dismiss these truths. Some just offer thoughts and prayers as a solution. It’s not enough.
‘A powerful and frightening experience:’ UMBC’s Freeman Hrabowski recalls King’s call for the Children’s Crusade of 1963
“Us kids, we are the only ones who are doing anything recognizing that our future is at stake,” Haven Coleman, youth activist of today
In December, 2018, 15-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg gave a brief but authentically impassioned speech at the UN Climate Change COP24 Conference. Other young people were there — fully committed to addressing climate change. Trump, who pulled American out of the Paris Accord, stayed home.
Be clear and full-throated: climate change & pollution are linked and are a global AND national emergency that we cannot ignore.
Vive la Révolution
The citizens of France have been holding weekly protests around the country — French Revolution 2.0. They wear the yellow vests, because all citizens are urged to keep those vests in their vehicles and to wear them in case of an emergency. They see an emergency in the bad policies of their leader, Emmanuel Macron. The protests are having an effect.
Yes, we protest, but not weekly. We are not holding elected officials accountable with a steady drumbeat after we put the signs down.
Not enough of us are doing what those in the Movement for Black Lives have been doing. Few have the weekly commitment that 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor has demonstrated. And, who has the tenacity to keep up a White House vigil for 32 years, like Concepcion Picciotto did until her death?
What’s happening AFTER the marches matters the most. Calling elected officials (202–224–3121), writing them or visiting their offices in Washington or the district offices is a small inconvenience that we won’t do. So, young people march — globally — for safety and our climate.
We can learn from the youth who will be tomorrow’s elders. We can learn from our past Freedom Fighters and today’s protesters in Hong Kong. They see the failings of today’s elders and most are determined to not repeat the mistakes. They aren’t just protesting for themselves, either. A change in environmental or gun policy has wider implications. Victories have global ramifications — good OR bad. We will all lose without sustained & collective action for a better world. We must resolve to demand better, vote better & live with one another better. The earth & our global neighbors & our children are counting on us. Our children are, also, leading and teaching us. Are you ready to learn — AND act?