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.
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.