Doing something about climate change is not going to help the people whose lives are already upended by tornadoes -- or floods, hurricanes and droughts. But no parent can simply throw up her hands and ignore the trouble we are racing right into.
Who is responsible for balancing what information your children learn at school? Teachers. Unfortunately, the polarization of climate change makes it challenging for teachers who understand only too well that our children must live in science-literate society.
With dozens of states recovering from Sandy, Nemo, tornadoes, and other extreme weather, a new report out last month provides a clear-eyed assessment of what our nation has in store if it doesn't address climate disruption now.
I'm happy President Obama came through during his inaugural address, saying "we will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." But let's make sure President Obama keeps his promise.
Mother Nature became an important player in this election, too big to ignore. Her strategy? Extreme weather. We have a huge job ahead of us. Daunting. But this is also an exciting, transformative time as well.
What kind of lessons will our kids be learning from us? Will they be taught that we understood the harm that pollution is doing -- and took responsibility, and made serious changes? Or will they be learning about how and why adults -- their parents -- could ignore this threat to their future?