My son doesn't often cry. He throws tantrums where tears are involved, but he doesn't often reach the point of sadness where he actually cries.
Today, my son cried. The cause? Global warming.
My children have never known a time when global warming hasn't been a concern in the world at large, and yet wherever we go, they see people consuming our finite resources without a second thought. M1 would love to have Oz install solar panels on the house or a wind turbine in the back yard; those aren't likely to happen, but Oz is seriously considering a geothermal climate control system if we are ever able to build a house. As soon as he was old enough, M1 insisted that we recycle as much as possible - not much in our area, if I'm honest. Most of the local drop-off recycling locations don't even accept boxes, and if you live within city limits, you have to pay extra to have recycling pick-up (again, no boxes accepted). My boy will always pick organic over traditional foods because he knows they're better for the environment. He really works hard to do his part.
In short, M1 knows what global warming can eventually do to our planet, and it scares him. When he was in my lap in tears today, he was so angry that "people don't care about anything smaller than them, anything they can't domesticate." To him, this means reptiles, amphibians, and bugs, but in general, he's right. We don't take care of these things like we should, and it's up to us to keep the 'greening' process moving in the right direction. As he gets older and more knowledgeable about alternatives, he asks questions that are harder and harder for me to answer.
He's currently sitting on the other couch composing an e-mail to send to all his family members to ask them to do their part to save the planet. For us adults, "save the planet" is a cliche we've heard a million times and we're all pretty much immune to it. "I'm doing my part," we shrug... but are we really?
Because this is so important to my son, can you all reply with one or two things that you're doing to help our earth? I hate that my boy thinks nobody cares, and I need some things to point to. I don't want him to cry any more.