My son says “I want to protect marine life now as much as later”

May 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm

The Spheres of Influence blog now launches –officially– with an example of one kind of blog I’ll be posting– a story that I hope will inspire you to use your voice to protect the planet– and reap personal rewards. I will also blog about “unlikely environmentalists,” how we can use “shop our values,”  and post excerpts from my forthcoming book, Fierce Love: How One Mother Reinvented Herself by Saving the Planet.

This weekend, my sons made me proud. I took my two young rascals to see Disney’s Oceans. My brother, Brad, was in town for Mother’s Day.  Brad is a marine expert who is working to get policies in place that protect our oceans,especially from the poisonous effects of the C02 we emit as we heat and cool our buildings, and move ourselves around in planes, trains and automobiles.

At Mother’s Day brunch, I asked my brother to tell my sons, who are 5 and 7, what they can most effectively do to protect the oceans they love.

He said, “Write a letter to Rep. Markey who will be chairing upcoming hearings on offshore drilling. Ask them to put it in the record. Kids’ voices matter a whole lot.”

So, we went home, and the boys wrote the following letters to Rep. Markey…

From my five year-old: “We need to protect all the creatures in the ocean. Please help us to do that. If people keep throwing bad stuff in the ocean, I will write a book if people keep doing this.” (As the author of the forthcoming book Fierce Love, I love this!)

From my seven-year: “I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up. I don’t want there to be nothing to protect when I’m old enough to get a job. Then I won’t be able to eat or have a family. I love marine mammals because they are so unique…. I want to protect marine life now as much as I do later. So please stop drilling for more oil…. Thank you for your work.”

My sons drew pictures, too, of marine life and the threats posed to all living creatures– including us!

Am I a proud mom? Yes! I’m thrilled that my older son wants to be a marine biologist so that he can study and protect marine life– and I love that my younger son threatens to write a book if we keep destroying the oceans!

Without healthy oceans, we cannot be healthy as people– we literally depend on the oceans, not just for seafood but for other things like cooling the air. Not to mention beauty that feeds our souls

What kind of world do we want to leave our children, and their children?

Congress needs to hear from you and your children, too.

Using your voice is the the single most important step you can take to ensure a bright future for your kids. Don’t fret about forgetting your reusable shopping bags- use your voice and be rewarded by being empowered, and by empowering your children to participate in democracy!

I never contacted an elected official until I realized that our addiction to oil– and coal– posed a threat to my children’s health and wellbeing.  Now I know that they actually want to hear from me– which is really cool.

Here’s how to call or send a letter:

It’s my understanding that calls and letters are way more effective than email which can be seen as “junk” email.

To contact Rep. Markey who will chair hearings on offshore drilling:

2108 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-2836

If you want to contact your US Congressional Representative: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

If you want to contact your US Senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

If you want to contact the President:                                                                                                                                                            

The White House

1 00 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 395-2020

Want more tips on what to say? (I get it!)

Find more information about the issues here:

http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageNavigator/adv_oilspill

Use your voice! Help your kids discover their voices! You won’t be sorry!

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