Parents, grandparents and families demand climate action


Parents, grandparents and families from across the world are joining forces to demand strong climate change action in order to protect children and future generations. The Our Kids’ Climate coalition, which brings together groups representing 800,000 parents, says: “Handing over a better world to the next generation is our moral responsibility” and “a matter of justice for children everywhere.” Scientific and medical research shows children are far more physically and mentally vulnerable to the impacts and causes of climate change, and they are already suffering unnecessarily. In a petition to be handed to UN negotiators ahead of the Paris climate summit in under 50 days’ time, the Our Kids’ Climate coalition calls on governments to reach a deal to “keep global temperature rise at safe levels, and ensure a world powered by 100 per cent clean energy with net zero greenhouse gas emissions.”


Key Points

  • Children are highly vulnerable to the causes and effects of climate change. With smaller, weaker bodies and developing lungs and immune systems, children are particularly at risk of getting asthma linked to air pollution, not to mention the virulent diseases and other multiple health impacts of climate change. They are less resilient to the high temperatures, food shortages and extreme weather events that can be triggered by global warming.
  • Today’s young people will be those battling runaway climate change tomorrow if no action is taken. Government pollution plans so far will flatten the global warming curve, but we are still on track for a dangerous 2.7DegC temperature rise by 2100 unless ambition increases. Delaying emissions-reducing action leaves our children to try and survive in an “unsafe” world where security is put at risk by climate change.
  • Parents are asserting their “moral responsibility” by joining the call on governments. The reasons for acting on climate change are many and interlinked: the lives saved, the health benefits, the jobs created. As parents join many others – lots of them parents too – in demanding a strong deal in Paris, they invoke the importance of “justice” in leaving future generations a world clean of fossil fuels and safe from dangerous climate change.






  • “The Earth will probably be destroyed since so many people don’t care. They don´t think about it” – Filip, 12 years old, Sweden
  • “I come from a country in Asia and every year the water there rises. It rises higher and higher and drowns the soil. It happens every year, but now the water is rising even higher and flushes away the soil. I feel so angry because people take down the trees, without the trees, the soil disappears but nobody listens.” – Melissa, 12 years old, Sweden
  • “As parents, it’s our job to keep our kids safe, and climate change is putting our kids in harm’s way. Parents and families have an essential role to play in pushing governments and corporations to quickly implement the clean energy and climate solutions our children and future generations are counting on.” – Lisa Hoyos, mother of two children and director and co-founder of Climate Parents US
  • “There are a huge number of parents and grandparents who are desperately worried about what kind of world our children and grandchildren will inherit, but their voice is missing from the climate debate. Our Kids’ Climate aims to change that. We gather all parents, grandparents and families that are ready to do something together in order for our kids to have a safe, healthy and fair future – one that’s powered by 100 % clean energy.” – Frida Berry Eklund, mother of two children and one of the founding members of Our Kids’ Climate and Parents Roar Sweden
  • “As grandparents, we won’t be around to see the implementation of the energy policies in 2050. Nevertheless, out of love for our grandchildren, it’s our responsibility to work towards a more harmonious world for both present and future generations. We must do everything to preserve life and the quality of life for everyone on Earth.” – Laurence Martin and Cynthia Sikorski from Swiss group Grand-parents pour le climat and grandparents of eleven
  • “Climate change is harming our families, right now. Across the US and around the world, we can see and feel the rising seas, the extreme droughts, the unusual flooding, and the higher temperatures. As parents, we have no choice but to tackle this urgent, life-threatening problem. We must raise our voices to demand an end to the greenhouse gas pollution driving climate change. Together, we can create the world we want to see for our kids.” – Dominique Browning, co-Founder and senior director, Moms Clean Air Force US.
  • “We are not just trying to protect our own children in Finland. We are calling for justice for all children everywhere. For our kids’ sake, Paris must be a turning point. And regardless of what is decided there, we must do all we can locally. It is both our moral obligation to our kids as well as the only way towards sustainable success.” – Tapio Pesola, a father of two and the chairman of the Finnish Climate Parents
  • “As elders we should acknowledge our time-honoured role as caretakers of the inheritance of future generations. We owe grandchildren everywhere sustainable living conditions, clean air and water, uncontaminated land, and a contained global climate. In short, we owe them a planet Earth as wonderful as the one we have enjoyed. That is my opinion of intergenerational justice.In the end, it’s all about love and optimism.” – Halfdan Wiik, leader of Norway’s Grandparents Climate Campaign and grandfather of two
  • “As a coalition of parents and grandparents groups working on climate change, we share the common understanding that addressing climate change is a moral and parental responsibility. Our organizations want to see the strongest possible agreement come out of the Paris talks and we will continue to work together in 2016 and beyond to build the popular support and political consensus necessary for our national governments to fulfill and improve upon the Paris commitments.” – Jill Kubit, a mother and one of the co-founders of DearTomorrow (US)
  • “Climate inaction, is like making a high-risk loan on our future, our kid’s future. As a parent of two children that have had respiratory illnesses like asthma, I call on every global leader in Paris to Cut the Red Tape & Act for our Kids’ Climate”. – Yoca Arditi-Rocha, mother & director of No Planeta B based in Peru.
  • “The climate in Canada is already changing. We are conducting a real life science experiment and it is our children’s futures that are at stake. It is not right that our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay the price for our generation’s inaction on climate change.” – Fiona Koza, mother of two and co-founder of Canadian Parents for Climate Action

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