There are so many times that the plea to do it “for the sake of the kids” is trotted out that the phrase has lost most of its meaning.
There was an election in West Virginia when the phrase was used by the coal industry to unseat a judge who ruled against mountaintop removal coal mining. The idea was that the few miners who were left with jobs after mechanization replaced most miners still needed to feed their kids. Never mind the kids who lived near the site or downstream, who were sucking up toxic debris from strip mining. Just elect a coal-friendly judge because coal supported jobs.
Sure, jobs are important. But choosing one thing often means rejecting another. The mantra of endless growth is that way, putting quarterly profits above all things, including our children’s futures.
Bequeathing an unconscionable mess
Some 98% of climate scientists agree that global warming is set to choke the planet and deliver a wallop of flooding, disasters, disease, deforestation, starvation and heaven only knows what else. This is the legacy our addiction to endless growth will bequeath to the children of today as they become the adults of tomorrow.
The fallout of a society that did not prepare for peak oil is similar. We’ve set up our children to live in a certain paradigm, only to pull the rug out from under their feet as the cheap oil goes, the dirtiest oil comes on line and the little people are prepared for a world that is no longer sustainable.
Talk about being up the creek without a paddle.
Raising our voices
It takes outlets like Transition Voice to keep the heat on our policymakers, businesses and individuals to GET REAL about what this will mean for the next generation. And unlike cynical corporations and opportunistic politicians, here at Transition Voice our hands are clean. We stand to gain nothing from urging action for the sake of our children beyond knowing that we helped prepare the world even as the band played on.
In our Small World section we have stories about parenting in these trying times, as well as essays about food and nutrition for kids and even essays by kids on gardens and movies. We’ve even launched a new website, Occupy Parenting, to take the issue of our kids’ futures further.
You can help us keep this conversation going by shopping our Amazon store kids section for peak oil friendly kids educational materials and more, which will give us a small commission. Or by donating today.
The kids are not alright. And it’s our responsibility to change that.
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