Obama Speech Connects Climate to Responsible Parenting

I refuse to condemn…future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.

President Obama, June 25, 2013

Obama Family Portrait

President Obama’s speech today was a welcome outline of the additional actions this administration will take to reduce the impacts of human induced climate disruption.  I also heard in today’s message from the president his desire as a father to protect his children. This frame resonated with me as a father with three children and two grandchildren. Like Obama, I fear one day hearing, “Dad, what did you do to reverse this dangerous trend?”

I understand it’s grossly irresponsible for my generation to leave the world in a much-degraded state for our children and grandchildren.  Things I have taken for granted in my life are today increasingly threatened: unstable, disruptive climate patterns impact how we grow food, unleash extreme flooding which limits where we can live and play, and destroy treasured places that are unique to our region like the Outer Banks, the Everglades, and other coastal communities and mountain ecosystems.   Even the safety of our homes is threatened by devastating tornadoes and storm surges.

I’ve had the good fortune in my life to dive in the coral reefs before they were bleached white by rising water temperatures and to hike unique mountain ecosystems in the southern Appalachians, now threatened as warmer temperatures climb to higher elevations.  I fear that my children may not be afforded the same awe inspiring opportunity as these places rapidly disappear or change irrevocably.

I now know that what I have taken for granted in my life, it is my responsibility to protect so that my children and grandchildren may experience the world in the same way or better than I have.  The president put out a strong call for all of us to shoulder this duty, saying, “Those of us in positions of responsibility, we’ll need to be less concerned with the judgment of special interests and well-connected donors and more concerned with the judgment of posterity, because you and your children, and your children’s children, will have to live with the consequences of our decisions.”

As parents, we all understand that one of our greatest responsibilities is to protect and nurture our children and to work for a better future for them. Failing to take action on climate change is the height of irresponsible parenting.  Leaving them a planet wracked by dangerous changes to climate will not provide them a safe and prosperous future.  Just as President Obama said in his speech today, we need to make our decisions on this issue “not just as custodians of the present, but as caretakers of the future.” I ask that everyone else who is or plans to be a parent, embrace the president’s challenge and take the actions necessary to leave the world a better place than how our generation found it.


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Carbon Dioxide is not “pollution”. On top of that, only 0.01% of voters in a national Gallup poll during the last election listed “global warming” as a major voting issue.

The “climate agenda” (globalwarmingism) is a tragic DISTRACTION from the real issues impacting the environment worldwide:

1) Habitat Destruction/Fragmentation
2) Poaching
3) Pollution

Shame on Obama and shame on all the PHONY, self-proclaimed “environmentalists” who have hijacked the global wildlife conservation and environmental movement for themselves, to promote their unpopular anti-carbon agenda.

Do these people know or care how many species VANISH every minute, as they WASTE our time ranting about climate, as rain forests continue to be eradicated, lands continue to be bulldozed, and roads continue to be cut into the heart of Wilderness?

No. And meanwhile, global temperatures have not risen in 20 years.

Wake up, people:

1) Habitat Destruction
2) Poaching
3) Pollution

Nothing. Else. Matters.

Comment by randy on June 25, 2013 5:38 pm

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