Today Transition Voice introduces a new feature, Small World, devoted to coverage by and for kids on the issues of peak oil, climate change, the new economy and the Transition movement. Our first essay, “Peak oil is no bed of roses,” an article on gardening in small spaces, is by Chloë Cook, 14, of Staunton, Va.
It helps that Chloë is my daughter and that I could ply her into service by batting my eyelashes and making a Mother’s Day request. But I also know she’s not the only kid out there wrestling with peak oil issues and ready to comment in essays or You Tube videos.
Let’s hear it
Mostly this section will be driven by authors under the age of 18. But in order to get those essays and videos, we need your help. If you’re a kid reading this, or a parent with a child interested in these issues, please submit something.
And if you’re an adult writing on parenting issues in this transitioning world, or covering issues you think would be of interest to kids, please submit, too.
Talkin’ ’bout my generation
The more I think about how the generation of kids coming up will inherit the mess that the Fossil Fuel Era has wrought the more horrified I am, the more terrified, the more ashamed. To that end, I’ve written a piece today on kids who are fighting back.
The question is, will anybody hear their voices? Can a little child lead us when he bears the indignity of NOT being a multinational corporation?
One hopes the answer is yes, though those in a position to make a difference through government or business have thus far made no effort to consider the coming generation(s) either through preparedness or plain humanity.
It is my hope that Small World can help funnel more concern about and by the coming generation(s) on issues on an order of magnitude never before seen in human culture. Please join me in building Transition Voice’s coverage of young people, their lives and their issues so that their voices may have one more way to be heard.
— Lindsay Curren, Transition Voice
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