How to Talk with Your Kids About Climate Crisis

Washington (GGM) Analysis | August 11, 2020 by Sarah J. Kings

It is undeniable, climate change is here, and it poses very serious challenges for the world’s population.  There are weather changes, health implications, and economic impacts of this complex crisis. If you’re a pro-planet parent, you may be struggling with how to talk to your children about these issues. After all, this topic can be overwhelming and even depressing for adults.  It is hard to know what is too little and what is too much in regards to engaging your children on this subject.

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First, you must remember that this isn’t your childhood.  Information isn’t only delineated from your parents, your teacher, and a neighborhood no it all.  Kids have access to information- whether accurate or not- at the touch of their fingertips.  Chances are, your child has already done some research on this topic using their tablet or smartphone.  This is why your first step in broaching this topic should be to find out what your child already knows– or what they think they know– about climate change.  Be sure to talk to them about vetting resources and how to fact check, so that they won’t be misled. Explain why the Environmental Defence Fund, EDF, or the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA are reliable resources, while Facebook or Instagram may not be.

If your kids are too young to navigate the EDF or EPA, maybe let them know that you can be their resource for information until they are a bit older.

After finding out what your child already knows, and empowering them with the ability to find reliable information, gauge their feelings.  This can be a scary subject, and your child may have some really tough emotions to work through.  Let them know that you are here for them and that they are not alone.  Tell them that there are agencies all over the planet working tirelessly to solve this problem.

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Remind them that the climate crisis is a man-made problem, and there will eventually be a man-made solution.  Explain that every choice they make can be a choice to help save Mother Nature.  Encourage your child to conserve energy, consume less, and re-use or re-purpose items whenever possible.  Every time you or your child turns off a light when they leave a room, or drops a can into the recycling bin, congratulate them!  Make them a part of your eco-friendly routines, and most importantly, ask them how they would like to help.

By merely speaking to your children about the climate crisis, you are preparing the next generation for what’s to come.  Who knows, you may be raising the next Greta Thunburg or Jane Goodall.

Come back every Tuesday for more Eco-Friendly Parenting tips!

Tl;dr

  • There are weather changes, health implications, and economic impacts of this complex crisis
  • Talking to your children about these issues can be tough
  • Chances are, your child has already done some research on this topic using their tablet or smartphone
  • Find out what your child already knows– or what they think they know– about climate change
  • Talk to them about vetting resources and how to fact check
  • The Environmental Defence Fund, EDF, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA are reliable resources
  • Gauge their feelings
  • Remind them that they are not alone: there are agencies all over the planet working tirelessly to solve this problem
  • Encourage your child to conserve energy, consume less, and re-use or re-purpose items whenever possible
  • Make them a part of your eco-friendly routines, and most importantly, ask them how they would like to help

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Of Course Trump Knew! Bank On It | Perspective

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On May 8, 2018 , stunning news broke of Michael Cohen’s shell company Essential Consultants LLC receiving millions of dollars from major US Companies, along with Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. It was apparently from these millions that Stormy Daniel’s $130,000 hush payment was made, just before the 2016 election.

In the eleven days that have followed, numerous outlets have traced the money and learned that Cohen reached out to major US companies, suggesting it would be very wise for them to drop their current consultants and replace with Essential Consultants. Cohen convinced many corporate contacts that he had the closest ties to President Trump.

Now the big question everyone is asking is whether Trump knew about Cohen’s solicitations and receipt of the millions, particularly Russian Oligarch Vekselberg, who’s on the US sanctions list. Cohen claims “No.” Giuliani asserts “No.” Trump emphatically states “No, I knew nothing.”

Mueller’s investigators are certainly way out in front on this; they’ve likely been tracing the money for six months, and must have an abundance of documentation that when lined up, can divulge answers.

When Mueller’s investigators kicked off this phase of their investigation though, they had to begin with a reasonable hypothesis, which is preceded by a pointed question: Did Trump know what Michael Cohen was doing? (Simple YES or NO; I say YES). Better yet, was Trump the one who suggested Cohen set-up Essential Consultants LLC to raise easy money that would keep Trump financed/protected from all the people he’d wronged? (Simple YES or NO; I say YES).

My certainty that Trump knew is based on the pre-release leaked excerpts of James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty.

“Flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob. The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.” ~ James Comey, ‘A Higher Loyalty’

I believe the pre-release excerpts of Comey’s A Higher Loyalty are the equivalent of bolding and underlining the most significant passages in the book, indicating that Trump uses similar techniques, and has similar behaviors, as a Mob Boss.

Can anyone picture a Mob Boss not knowing what his underlings were doing, especially when it’s a matter of hustling for staggering sums of cash all because of a close personal connection to the Mob Boss? Seems pretty clear that if the “Head of the Family” wasn’t aware, and then found out after the fact, the hustler would be annihilated.

Ergo, Trump knew. Investigators can bank on it. And when they do, they’ll most assuredly find a rich trail of proof.

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