Iris Parker Pavitt

by Jay Kimball on 26 October 2010

I was reading an article at Time’s Ecocentric blog called European Energy Companies Funding Climate Skeptic Campaigns in the U.S. I am concerned about climate change and the behind the scenes attempts by big oil to create FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) around global warming.

So I was reading the article, and when I got to the end, I like to read the comments. And there, at comment #2, MeMeMine69 wrote the following:

Are WE not the new neocons when we condemn our kids to a CO2 death, just to get them to turn the lights off more often? Climate change has done to us what Bush did to the neocon’s reputation.

System Change, not Climate Change.

Environmentalism is strong, successful and progressive. Just remove the CO2 mistake from the equation and let’s all just carry on. Why does it seem like we WANT this crisis to happen? I can’t do this anymore.

I’m liberal. I’m progressive and a New Green Denier.

I’m ahead of the curve because this can’t continue without alienating the rest of the voters who don’t believe this “promise of unstoppable warming” to happen to the planet Earth.

My reply:

Hi MeMeMine69.

Most of the kids I know are not afraid, they are energized, and part of the solution. They give me hope.

Think back to the 70s, when it was kids that helped their parents realize the importance and opportunity of recycling.

One of my heros is Iris Parker Pavitt. Iris served as a teen delegate to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and is a coordinator for FEAST (Farm Education And Sustainability for Teens), and is a member of the Farm to Cafeteria Program, to bring healthy organic foods to school food programs.

Here’s a great interview with Iris:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wtrknd2rqY&feature=related

I am happy to have her in our community, and I assure you, there are kids like Iris all over the world.

Take heart!

Iris is just one of many kids who are engaged, informed, and active in leaving the world better than we found it.

I love these kids – Let’s give them wings!

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