The "Children and Grandchildren" Report #4

They just keep on coming…climate_cliche

Al Gore at the Tech Awards, San Francisco, 20 November 2009

What does it mean to be a human being and be aware that 40 percent of our fellow human beings and their children and grandchildren are in imminent danger of losing their water? Each one meter of sea level rise, puts 100 million climate refugees on the move. Where do they go? While the Maldives might buy a new country, Bangladesh cannot. (source)

Letter to The Age, 21 November 2009

STOP playing with my grandchildren’s future, you crazy old men! What if it is true? Hottest November night on record; bushfires in November. Go to your room, think about it again, and come back with something more sensible.

Karen Alexander, Clematis (source)

Ethan Nuss, Maryland campaign coordinator with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 20 November 2009

Sea level rise would affect the state’s natural resources and fishing and tourism economy.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren to act in the most decisive manner to solve the climate crisis,” said Nuss. (source)

Steve Weakley, CEO of Vons Credit Union – 22 November 2009

“Watching Al Gore’s movie Inconvenient Truth, reading Hot, Flat and Crowded by Friedman and seeing that the state of California offers substantial rebates to help fund the project made it not only the right thing to do, but a good economic choice. Besides, I have children and grandchildren and our green initiatives are part of that commitment to them and to all the other children and grandchildren in the world,” Mr. Weakley says. (source)

Joe Witte, meteorologist for News Channel 8 in Virginia and Maryland, NYT, 22 November 2009

Changes in the bay’s temperature have been “large and significant,” said Mr. Witte. “That’s a scientific curve we can show on the air and then ask viewers, ‘Will your children and grandchildren still be able to go crabbing?”’ (source)

Stephen Hesse, Japan Times Online, 22 November 2009

The danger, of course, is that in our eagerness to grow our economies and exploit Earth’s bounty, we will push our planet beyond these thresholds — compromising the life quality of our children and grandchildren. (source)

Stay tuned for the next thrilling instalment!


  1. These posts are great. Please keep ’em coming!

    Why is it that no one’s seriously talking about raising the government-set age of retirement as a result of the much longer lifespans and higher overall levels of health we all enjoy these days?

    If we care about our children & grandchildren THAT discussion should be high on the priority list.

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