March for Science (April 22, 2017) and People’s Climate March (April 29, 2017) – “Ten Ways To Make Earth A Child Safe Zone”
Many teachers and parents across the U.S. are resisting the assault on public schools. They are already leading the way in the struggle for equality and more humane learning environments for children. Their courageous activism is the struggle not only for the re-establishment of the public education system, but also for the future of humanity and the habitability of the planet.
If there is to be a reversal in the rapid acceleration of climate change then there must be a reversal in the ways the US educates children. Teachers and parents know that “unless there’s a sharp reversal in policy,” as Noam Chomsky points out in a conversation with Chris Hedges, “unless we here in the so-called advanced societies can gain the consciousness of the indigenous people of the world, we’re in deep trouble, and our grandchildren are going to suffer from it.”
The critical consciousness of which Chomsky speaks is an essential aspect of the moral courage of teachers and parents who are sounding alarms about the plight of children who attend U.S. public schools where they are subjected to policy mandates that produce revenues and profits for corporations but do not prepare them for the very immediate threats of the changes that are taking place to the planet.
Ten Ways to Make Earth a Child Safe Zone
- Don’t frighten the kids. If we want to make Earth a child safe zone and the world fit for children we have to change the way we live on the planet.
- Make sure kids are aware but do not scare them. It will have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing, and their capacity to solve the problems we are bequeathing to them.
- Reconnect kids with the planet. We have unearthed our children. From baby play through childhood, kids need to experience how awesome it is to live with the planet.
- Make sure all kids have joyful experiences so they can use their imaginations, be creative, and become the great problem solvers they will need to be to tackle the damage to the planet, which is our legacy to them.
- Live simply for kids. Children should not have to live in the future in ways you are not prepared to live today.
- Help kids live simply to simply live. Live simply together. Practice a new kind of worldliness.
- Ask yourself the carbon dioxide question: “If I can walk why do I need a car? Why two cars? Three?” This is one of many essential questions. In 25 years we will reach our CO2 limit for human life on Earth, as we know it. Get rid of the car unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Insist on a sustainable community infrastructure that includes public transportation to make Earth a child safe zone.
- Build strong, equitable, diverse, social communities for kids. Inequality is bad for kids and bad for the planet.
- Kids in more equal societies thrive. Kids in more unequal societies struggle to survive, and so does the planet.
March for Science Earth Day April 22, 2017 Washington D.C. and 514 Satellite Marches World Wide
Organizers of the world’s first-ever March for Science set the stage for the flagship event in Washington, DC, co-organized by the Earth Day Network, as well as the more than 514 coordinated events happening across the world on April 22. The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.
Peoples Climate March – April 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C. and Sister Marches in Satellite Cities
Join the Peoples Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and sister marches across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. Connect with the March on the web at Peoples Climate Movement, and on Facebook and Twitter Find your march today!
On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action.