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Climate Mama: I Need To Be In Washington This Week For My Children

2011/08/25

Harriet Sugarman, a policy analyst and economist, is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Mama which, according to its website, is:

…about the facts, about getting the straight scoop, about understanding Climate Change and Global Warming. We want to help you make the connections – to understand how you, your family, your friends and your community are impacting and changing our climate. Then, we want to show you what you can do to make your hectic, harried life more sustainable, for you, for your children AND for the world we live in. We will offer you simple, straight forward, and easy to understand ways to combat climate change as well as easy to implement options to reduce your carbon footprint! We want to make it simple for you, as a Mama and Papa, to understand that climate change is a part of your life. We at Climate Mama, like you, have enough day to day issues in our lives just managing the craziness of our families, our careers, our busy 21st century lives…so we aren’t surprised or disappointed if you ask why climate change should matter to you and if you question what you, as an individual can really do that will make a difference to affect this global challenge.

Harriet is also a New Jersey mom who happens to be originally from Alberta, Canada. Harriet chose to participate in this week’s Stop the Pipeline action in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. and was one of the nearly 300 people arrested so far this week in the largest civil disobedience action in the American environmental movement’s recent history.

Photo credit: Flickr/Creative Common TarSandsAction

In the video below, Harriet talks about why she felt she needed to be in Washington this week. She took a stand for a clean energy future for her, and all our children, even though risking arrest was a difficult decision to make:

My family in Alberta is not too keen on me getting arrested down here for this..It’s a very difficult road to cross.  I think that my children will be proud of me some day. I don’t want them to look back  in twenty years, because if we don’t do anything, all of our children are going to be looking back at us and saying, what were you doing,  why were you asleep at the wheel?…I’m doing this for them.

More links:

Read more about Harriet’s experience on Climate Mama: Why A Bra Makes A Good Purse In Times of Imminent Arrest: The Tar Sands Action

To find out how to send a message of support for the brave folks sitting in at the White House this week and next, go to 350.org.

For the latest news on the tar sands action, and to find out how to donate, go to Tar Sands Action.org

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 2011/08/25 4:15 pm

    Thanks Christine. Love what YOU are doing to raise awareness on climate change!

  2. Christine permalink*
    2011/08/25 4:54 pm

    Hey Harriet, thanks for dropping by! Together, for our children, we can beat this fossil fuel addiction!

  3. Nancy P. permalink
    2011/08/27 7:57 am

    I was intereseted in sending an expression of support but do not have a cell phone that I can use to send a photo. Is there no way to send an email or a message in another format?

    • Christine permalink*
      2011/08/27 8:21 am

      Yes, Nancy, you can attach a photo to an email and send it that way. That’s what I did (being in the same predicament as you, with no cell phone!)

  4. 2012/08/02 12:37 am

    Christine, do you know who filmed and edited this wonderful interview with ClimateMama?

    • 2012/08/02 8:20 am

      Doug – it’s you! And it is a wonderful interview. Like I’ve said before, the things you do are amazing.
      Are you still thinking about coming all the way up here for a visit? If so, hubby Mark says “I hope he likes fishing”. 🙂

  5. 2012/08/02 8:32 am

    Yup! I have not fished in a very long time … that time all I got was a little sun burn. But I sure would enjoy a refresher course … well … it’s like riding a bicycle … Late Sept or early Oct. You have plans to be away a few days as I recall. Let’s plan via email. Cu soon!

    • 2012/08/02 9:53 pm

      No promises, but we’ll do what we can to change your reputation as a fisherman, Doug.

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