Generation on the Edge explores the intersection between anyone involved in the care of young people, children and the climate crisis. Our goal is to build community as we inquire how best to support today’s young people as they prepare for a world with climate change.
A note – in this moment of long overdue reckoning with race, I have posted a list of resources (previously shared with all newsletter subscribers) that I am exploring in my own process of learning, reflection and change – as a white person, a mother, and a climate activist. Additionally, I am currently rewriting the post on Inequality and Climate Change. When complete, I will share the new post alongside the old one, to highlight what I have learned.
May we all learn. May we all act.
Climate change is here.
While political debates continue on the subject, the science is indisputable.
This means the children of today will face a future full of uncertainty and challenge, a planet that is changing rapidly, an earth that requires the most conscious of citizenship.
As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and as anyone engaged in the act of “raising” children, we have a choice. We can plow forward without thinking about climate change. We can raise our children as if they are growing towards a stable world that will resemble the world of our own childhood.
Or we can engage in a process of consciously raising children such that they will, in turn, be conscious, empowered, joyful and engaged citizens of a world with climate change. We can integrate the reality of that uncertain future into how we interact with children today and the many choices we make as parents. Bit by bit, we can help today’s young people build a toolkit that will best prepare them for their future. And in the process, we can turn ourselves into conscious, empowered, joyful and engaged citizens, positively shaping that world our children will face.
We choose the latter path. We believe that consciously parenting children for a world with climate change is among the most important work of our time. It is our gift to the young people of today to not just prepare but empower them in the face of their future, and it is our gift to the earth.
Rather than resigning ourselves to the fact that our beloved young people are barrelling towards a tumultuous world and believing that there is little we can do about it, we are asking some big and important questions. What will the children of today need to be happy and healthy in the world of their future? How can we instill those qualities in our children? How do we ensure that our children experience joyous, positive, healthy relationships with the world while also learning about climate change? How do we empower our children to make a difference in the face of such a daunting topic? And how, in the process of consciously parenting our children for a world with climate change, do we become empowered caregivers who are positively shaping that world while also creating a network of joyous community around the work involved?
Are you ready to take this journey with us? The process involves dedication and work, but we have also found it to be incredibly liberating and even joyous. Most certainly, engaging in this process has transformed how we feel when we think about our beloved young people and climate change. We have shifted from a place driven by fear to a place driven by love. We are actively engaged in shaping the future in positive and profound ways on a daily basis, through our current interactions with our children and with the world around us. We hope you will join us.
How to use this site
This site is organized into seven categories. Each is an area of focus that developed as I began to research, think about and write about this topic of parenting at a time of climate change. New posts are added regularly to each category. However, everything on the website connects to everything else. Just as climate change is a systemic issue, about much more than carbon math, so is the challenge of preparing young people for climate change. Consequently, each post contains numerous links (bold, underlined and dark blue), not only to outside resources, but also to other posts on the site. The system weaves together through those links, and I invite you to wander between posts as you read.
The posts are not meant to be read quickly. Blogs and online media are often designed for speedy consumption, but I invite you to read slowly here. Each posts contains a topic that occupied my mind for quite some time, weaving through research and reflection before finding its way into writing. I found it very beneficial to take my time as I considered this complex topic.
Ultimately, it is my profound hope that community builds around this inquiry. Please join us on facebook for discussions. And sign up below to receive our newsletter directly to your inbox. Each newsletter will contain links to new posts, to related topics and highlights in the conversation on parents, children and the climate. If there is a topic you’d like to see explored or a resource you’d like to share, please let us know!