Kate Hook

What Parents need to know about climate change, loss of biodiversity the war on waste, and what we can do about these things for our kids.

In the blink of an eye, 10 years passed and my four children went from being toddlers and preschoolers, to being teenagers with whom I can have in-depth conversations! I’m sure all mums agree with me that if we look at what we were doing in 2010, it doesn’t seem so long ago. Look up your photos from that year and note how easily you remember the events - those years flew past, right?

In the same period of time – 10 years from now, it will be 2030 and my kids will be in their 20s. Remember that age when it feels like you can do anything! Work where you like, travel where you like, eat what you like and generally do what you like - and for generations, you could. If we want our kids to have these opportunities, as we did - we need to take some bold action now.

That year of 2030, just 10 short years from now, is also the year when IPCC - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ie. Thousands of the world’s leading scientists, backed by every government in the world) tells us that we will know for sure, whether humanity has done enough to prevent climate change getting out of control and becoming catastrophic.
It’s easy to feel powerless with such a complex challenge but there are clear actions we can take as parents that WILL work to create the rapid, systemic change we need. It’s an exciting time and we can, and must, all take part if we want our children to survive and thrive in the decades ahead.

In my series of articles for Central West Mums, I'm going to show you what we can all do as parents, as citizens of Orange and as members of this one global group called humanity. I'm also going to keep you updated with the latest news and the most exciting developments in this space. Importantly, I want to be able to answer your questions, so I encourage you to send them my way. There are no silly questions!

Kate Hook founded Futuring Orange to facilitate local awareness and action on Climate Change and other sustainability issues. She has been actively involved in climate change research and organisation for 15 years after first studying it 28 years ago and keeping a close eye on the issue ever since.

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