The problems of global warming

It's amazing to see how intuitive the younger generation is about the problems of global warming and the need to preserve our rainforests.

While adults rage over whether the predicted impacts are really quite as dire as scientists claim, children, quite simply, get it.

These are the young people who will be tomorrow's decision makers, politicians, business leaders and lobbyists and who will inherit the mess. Decades of baby boomer growth and industrialisation will have left a hugely damaging legacy which they will have to fight to restore and respond too – where action has not already been too late.

So perhaps the most effective thing we can do to take action against global warming now, is to focus on our younger family members and friends and engage them in the topic, for their ideas, their enthusiasm and their strong desires to change and make good.

Frankly, our generation has had every opportunity. Whilst we are now reluctantly beginning to recycle, re-use and avoid excess consumption (if only to manage our dwindling budgets), it's the next generation who are coming up with incredible ideas to tackle the problems in very real ways. For us, the responsibility lies in nurturing their passion and enthusiasm to better things, giving them support to learn and discover more, showing a real interest in their own interests and taking action on family levels to make small changes, which together will combine into something great.

Ask your children questions, hear their views and discuss the issues. Share thoughts and set family recycling and carbon reduction challenges. Commit to reducing the family's carbon footprint. Commit to showing integrity with your changes – put your money where your mouth is – set the right example. Write letters with your children to lobby parliament, your local MP, your local supermarket. Get excited about it, watch them grow and take the first steps to preserving the planet that the baby boomers inadvertently near-destroyed.


Guest post by the Rainforest Foundation. Image by Len Radin via Flickr

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