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Climate Change: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare?

1. Be prepared. Get educated about weather and heat risks, and tips for keeping kids cool and hydrated, such as the pointers offered by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

2. Shift your schedule. When temps soared this March, many farmers opted for warm-weather crops rather than see their cool-weather greens wither away. Last summer, we adjusted our schedule so that our girls got to the pool early and were back inside during the hottest part of the day – playing puzzles and games, or putting on impromptu plays. Creative activities, but unfortunately less physical than what they’d be doing outdoors (like riding bikes, playing hopscotch and chasing butterflies).

4. Reduce your own contributions to the cause. Visit the Conservancy’s Carbon Calculator to learn about steps you can take that help reduce carbon your carbon footprint and keep air pollution down on the hottest days.

5. Plant trees! Trees provide shade, help reduce the heat island effect in cities, and absorb climate-changing carbon dioxide.

6. Expect the unexpected. This year, we saw almost no winter weather in the mid-Atlantic and schools ended 3 days early. Time to pull out some “rainy day” projects!

Sarene Marshall is the managing director for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA in International Studies from University of Pennsylvania, and is fluent in Spanish. Sarene, a mother of two, enjoys gardening and gourmet cooking.

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1:44AM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Thank you!

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6:35AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Children really do need the outdoors but in 100 degree heat with high humidity it is sometimes impossibe. Even the TV tells us to stay inside.

10:31PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Children really do need to be outdoors more. They should only be indoors when the sun peaks. They need to develop all their muscle and motor skills. How can they do this if they spend too much time in front of electronics? We used to climb trees all the time and had so much fun doing it. It also makes you think as one has to consider the best branch to use to get to the top and back down!

8:46PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Jeremy, What we must do in the very NEAR FUTURE, is teach the deployment of a Tyvec Suit. that by which is our sole remaining barrier against the sun, and manmade pollutants.

I,for one, have a difficult time following the party line...Relax, we shall get to it. Those words were written at the turn of the century...the 20th century. Thomas Edison was running around at the time. You get it, Game Over and all the while, the devil was over there in the corner just laughing

6:18PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

3:29PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Im so frightened for my childrens children (when they have them) and what world they will be inheriting! How will we ever explain to them what we've done? Thanks

12:10PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Why worry about the inevitable? Instead, do something about it. No, do not race outside to your dieing lawn, due to water restrictions, Vote, and sign petitions against the politicians who are favoring the climate change sources, and do something about the way you and your family promote it. I know, great advice from an old man living on a Pacific Ocean Island, and yet just by doing that one thing, I am actively supporting the environment. Think it over.

12:07PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

All the various components of this problem, which seems so complicated, are immediately solved once each individual "gets it" and starts genuinely RESPECTING MOTHER EARTH.. . . whatever that means to each person. . . it is the energy behind 'respecting' that is important and each one has to do it for one's Self . . .doesn't mean blaming or watching what some one else is doing, just turn inward and focus on one's Self. . .we can not hurt what we Respect, which is LOVE . . . we are all a part of Mother Earth so this respect starts with our Self and spreads outward. . .
Recognizing the very simple concept of CAUSE AND EFFECT is also a good step. . . I am responsible for my environment. . . I created these changes that are UNCOMFORTABLE to say the least. . and I am grateful for that as it will help me to change my wasteful ways, my addiction to comfort and rigidity and addictions. . . So let's get with it people - we are IN IT now, right now to each of us and we can do what is necessary to change - stay positive and be RESPECTFUL. . . your own comfort at the expense of Mother EARTH by turning up the a/c??? NO this is what is causing the reaction. . . so very very clear.....waking up in love and visualizing the same for all. . .

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