Generation on the Edge explores a critical question:
How do we support young people as they prepare for a future with climate change?
Through research, shared resources, communal conversations and programs, we approach this question from the perspectives of parents, teachers, mentors, caregivers and, importantly, young people. Our goal is to piece together a picture of intergenerational relationship in which we collectively hold the truth and possibility of this moment with courage, respect, compassion and agency and through which we all find our path to empowered, impactful action that celebrates life, our love for each other and this planet.
Climate change is here.
While political debates continue on the subject, the science is indisputable.
Today’s children face a future full of uncertainty and challenge, a planet rapidly changing, an earth that requires the most conscious of citizenship.
As parents, teachers and anyone in relationship with children and youth, we have a choice. We can plow forward without thinking about climate change. We can parent, teach and mentor our children as if they grow towards a stable world resembling that of our own childhood.
Or we can engage in a conscious relationship with today’s youth, one that supports their growth as conscious, empowered, joyful and engaged citizens of a world with climate change. We can integrate the reality of climate change and the uncertain future into how we interact with young people today and the many choices we make in that relationship. Bit by bit, we can support young people as they build a toolkit and a way of being in the world that best prepares them for the future. In the process, we turn ourselves into conscious, empowered, joyful and engaged citizens, positively shaping the world today’s children will face.
We choose the latter path. We believe that mindfully and thoroughly integrating the reality of climate change into how we parent, teach and all our relationships with young people is among the most critical work of this moment. It is our gift to the young people of today to support their empowerment in the face of their future, to look to ourselves and our own participation in shaping that future. It is also our gift to the Earth.
What will the children of today need to be happy and healthy in the world of their future? How can we support 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 young people to make a difference in the face of the climate crisis? What do we want our schools to be teaching and how do we want learning formatted to best prepare young people for the world? And how, in the process of answering all these questions and more, do we become empowered caregivers, positively shaping the world while also creating a network of community around the work involved?
The process involves dedication and work, but we have also found it to be incredibly liberating and even joyous. Are you ready to take the journey with us?
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