Photo: Mommies can work magic in Copenhagen

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By Randi Kruse

Attention all super mommies: listen up. I know how busy you are, I really do. I know that getting involved in politics may seem like about as much fun as wiping down the highchair (again) or folding the laundry (again). I know that you're tired. At the end of a long day, your idea of winding down probably has less to do with Canada's position on climate change than it does with reruns of So You Think You Can Dance (it's okay to admit it). But I also know how much you love your kids. And this is important.

This week, Stephen Harper will be meeting with world leaders at the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen. So far, Canada's role at these international talks has been shameful, to be blunt. Like the bully in school who never learns how to play fair, Canada has been using its power to dodge responsibility for our impact on the natural systems that make life possible. Seems a little shortsighted.

So what does this have to do with you? Well, let me ask you this: do you leave it to your kids to make contributions to their education fund? Do they take themselves to the doctor for check-ups? As mothers, we do everything we can to set our children up for success. Calling the prime minster today is one of those things. Can you imagine a future where children march in the streets for the right to a safe environment? I don't want to.

I found out that calling the prime minister actually takes as much time as wiping down the highchair or folding the laundry. Even better: I felt so much relief from knowing that my action could protect my children's future that I had the best sleep of my life.

December 10, 2009
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/climate-blog/2009/12/mommies-can-work-magic-in-copenhagen/

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