Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Senior Citizen signClimate of Apathy Among Older Adults

by Julie at ProgressiveKid

When it comes to climate change action, I’ve noticed a withering trend among my older relatives, friends, and acquaintances, the ones in their sixties and up. Amazing baby boomer activists and visionaries notwithstanding, generally speaking older folks are ignoring climate change. It’s not that they haven’t heard of global warming or that they don’t care about it. A few have even seen “An Inconvenient Truth” and expressed awareness and concern. It’s more that they are not responding to global warming with much conviction, if at all. Continue reading

Hot and Bothered: Change for the Climate!

Plastic Bagsby Julie at ProgressiveKid

There is no shortage of nature loving in my extended family. Among us are hikers, bird watchers, gardeners, animal lovers, campers, and even a few eco-activists. When we travel, we often seek out parks and preserves or cabins on wild beaches, and we come back with a tedious number of photos of wildlife and nature scapes. So it is perplexing to me that many of them have failed to take basic steps to address climate change at home. I’ll admit, in fact, it is at times quite maddening, especially since I wrote a book on climate change, regularly blog about it, created an educational game on climate change, and make appearances to educate kids and parents on the subject. Continue reading