Someone once explained the difference between an introvert and an extrovert: Both enjoy a good party, but the extrovert is charged and energized by big groups. The introvert needs to recharge afterwards, as the stimulation can be draining.
I'm a classic introvert. Not the kind of person who hits the streets to join a parade -- much less a protest. HOWEVER. We are confronted with a problem unlike any we have ever seen in our lives -- or in the history of the world: radically warming temperatures brought about by greenhouse gas pollution from around the world.
I'm ready to do whatever it takes to make sure we head off disaster. So I'm leading Moms Clean Air Force into the People's Climate March on Sunday, September 21, in New York City.
Scientists examining pristine ice core samples taken from Antarctica have learned that we have more carbon in our atmosphere than at any time in 800,000 years.
Here's the good news: We can slow down the changing of our climate. I was recently talking with my 25-year-old son about the work we're doing at Moms Clean Air Force; he was asking about solar energy. Something suddenly hit me: When I was his age, computers were just beginning to be widespread. My entire adult life has been lived in a technology revolution. We are now at the beginning of a clean energy revolution. Our children are growing up in a world that will be drastically different from what it is now. In 20 years, they might be getting their power from sources we do not even now imagine. Just as we never imagined computers small enough to fit in a pocket.
This is an incredibly exciting time. But we have one very important thing to do: make sure that our laws, our regulations -- and the political leaders in charge of them -- know we want a bright and clean future. That we care, deeply, about the threat of global warming. That we want clean power.
That's enough to get me into the streets.
If you are an extrovert, come, enjoy, be inspired -- and get charged up for the big job in front of us. If you are an introvert, come, enjoy, be inspired -- and rest up afterwards.
We have important work to do. Help us lead with Momfulness. Help us show the world: We MUST stop greenhouse gas pollution.
This blog post is part of the #WhyICare blog series, curated by the editors of HuffPost Generation Change in recognition of the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. To see all the other posts in the series, click here.
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