By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan
You don’t have to be a parent to care about protecting the planet. Even before I had kids, I composted and biked to work, among other things, and felt like I was doing my part. But then my son was born, followed by my daughter, and everything changed. The climate crisis went from feeling like an abstract problem to a dire threat to my children’s future. I got worried, scared, and angry—and then I started doing something about it. I joined up with a local climate action group (Families for a Livable Climate, below) and am now working on projects to increase access to solar panels, pressure our electric company to invest in renewable energy, and keep the Earth a safe, beautiful home for my kids.
The climate crisis feels more personal, and the stakes feel so much higher, when viewed through a parent’s eyes. So it’s no surprise that some of the most dedicated players in climate action are parents—specifically, mothers. These three moms are leaders in climate action groups that aim to leverage a mother’s fierce, protective love for her kids. From local projects to global campaigns, they are a force to be reckoned with.