[Jamie Margolin (Seattle) leading the Zero Hour march in Washington DC in 2017.]
TODAY
The news over the last few days has been particularly dire, and another thing I’ve learned is this – the kids read the news. They read on social media, and in the classroom. We can’t isolate them. So we need to read as well.

If you’ve been reading this stuff for decades, you have observed the change in tone, the calls to action, the urgency – they are deafening compared to just a year ago. Never have so many scientists pushed for direct action, and we can expect the fervor to increase.

Many of us work across multiple organizations. We are seeing the same things. Slow progress, and a desire to move much, much faster. We know some tipping points will leave us with unrecoverable resources. We are small humans, and though we can make unbelievable huge messes in our atmosphere, we do not have enough tools on the planet to bring back our ice caps. Concerns have turned to fears, and feared repercussions are coming in much faster than predicted.

NOW WHAT?

For parents and elders… it’s time to not just put on a game face, but to develop our game MIND.

Our grief, unfortunately, changes nothing. Resilience requires that we learn to move through it and find what is on the other side. Here are some resources for starting this journey:

We need to understand as much as we can about the science and impacts. We highly recommend:

We must understand what climate justice truly means – understand how climate disruption will affect our entire community, and begin preparing NOW. We need everyone in the movement, which means we have to serve everyone. 

From here, we must think outside the box, remember how things have been done before, while witnessing what has changed, and how to leverage it. We must move into action.

And through it all, we can’t forget to enjoy ourselves – find the joy and cultivate it.

  • Sing!
  • Play games!
  • Make art – to support the movement or not
  • Work in teams – and get to know each other well
  • Celebrate and share wins
  • Practice gratitude as an act of resistance (got that from Anna Brown)

All of the tears in the world won’t stop our emissions from going up, but 20,000 people demanding change on the state capitol steps WILL. We DO have power. We need to learn to use it differently, and to use it in service of all.

Action is our middle name. Are you with us?