By Larraine Roulston :
Mothers already do many things on the home front to protect the environment. They recycle, compost, opt to cook less meat, are energy and water efficient, choose environmentally friendly products, and create eco-fun family activities. As certain politicians target economic growth with little regard for a healthier environment for future generations, hundreds of mothers far and wide now have kicked into a higher gear. The following actions are a few of the Eco-movements that are taking moms to the next level.
VOTE — You only have to recall the suffrage movement and sacrifices our grandmothers or great grandmothers made for us: vote green when electing a prime minister or president, city councilors; or in order to protect farmland, greenbelts or wetlands; when choosing school trustees; and when opting for green pension investments. Wherever there is an opportunity, ask questions and vote for the people who will work effectively to protect your natural environment.
WRITE — With today’s social media, it’s easy to add your name to environmental petitions researched by organizations such as Avaaz or Greenpeace. Write letters to the editor and to politicians. Involve your children in sending postcards. Kids 4 Planet Earth One Million Letters is an initiative encouraging children across the U.S. to send their climate concerns to Washington. It can be deemed a science project that will teach them about civic responsibility. There is a rule of thumb indicating that, for every letter received, 100 more people think the same way but have not taken the time to write.
JOIN — Seek out an environmental group. Mothers Out Front, Moms Rising, Moms Clean Air Force and Climate Mama outline their mandates in the links below. Join a grassroots environmental movement in your community. If you are unable to become active, a monetary donation is always welcome.
TALK — Host an Environmental Tea Party for moms to meet while tots play. It’s an ideal time to share environmental concerns and choices. If you belong to an existing group such as a book or bridge club, seize the opportunity to discuss climate change — not only to become more enlightened, but also to decide if your club might like to take on a campaign. Encouraging the community TV or radio station to air regular programming about climate change that features scientific facts and solutions may result in a 24-hour Environmental Network.
POST — Include an environmental tip on your Facebook page. Your research may inspire others to become dedicated to a particular issue.
MARCH — Nothing is more invigorating than marching in solidarity with environmental protesters to save our natural resources from destruction. Most recently, the state of Maryland has ceased fracking as a result.
PROJECTS — Those who like numbers and graphs can record daily local climate patterns. Offer your charts to universities or an environmental group to be passed on to scientists who might find this data useful. Create a science quilt, as illustrated in the 7th link below. The concept is to paste several climate change related pictures onto fabric to be taken to environmental marches. This idea can be applied to a quilter’s group who donate their quilts to charities. Why not stitch-and-bitch for climate change solutions that can be hung in a library — or better yet, City Hall!
Real change does not come quickly. It happens thoughtfully when a team of like-minded moms pull together.
Larraine writes illustrated children’s adventure books on composting and pollinating. Visit www.castlecompost.com