The midterm elections are just around the corner, and many Americans are beginning to have political discussions with their friends and families, colleagues, and communities. Amongst a myriad of voting concerns is climate change.
Children’s unique physiological and behavioral traits can place them at greater risk of harm and can increase the severity of harm imposed upon them from climate change. Moreover, children from low income communities and communities of color are at a greater risk of being negatively affected by heat waves, droughts, food insecurity, increased air and water pollutants, and other climate change related issues. The youngest of children also lack power to protect themselves from environmental hazards or to advocate for their protection. Thus one important individual action to take is to exercise your right to vote next month in the 2018 midterm election. Vote for candidates who have strong records on climate action or whose platforms indicate clear and strong action upon entering office. Share this post with others and encourage them to vote in support of children’s environmental health too. Children are our future—let’s ensure they have the best chance at a healthy life!
Organizations and leaders in the spotlight at the Global Climate Action Summit focused on carbon mitigation tactics, but we must also discuss how to measure success of these tactics. One critical measure of success in addressing climate change should be protecting children’s health. Taking climate action to improve children’s environmental health gives them the opportunity to reach their full potential. And by protecting the most vulnerable, we are creating a better society for everyone.
Whether Americans are looking out their windows, or turning on the local news, we are increasingly confronted by severe weather events — unprecedented droughts, storms, floods and heatwaves are being seen and felt nationwide and around the world.
For those who care about climate change, about creating happier and healthier communities, what can we do to engage climate skeptics?
Based on our research, we came up with 5 simple rules for climate advocacy in an era of intense political polarization. This guidance will help you feel more comfortable speaking to issues all Americans care about, while avoiding nasty debates that go nowhere.