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As a parent, Mary DeMocker of Eugene, Oregon, is concerned about climate change and how it will affect the world her kids will inherit. She thinks a lot of other parents feel the same way.

DeMocker: “Many of them are passionate and want to protect kids in the future but don’t have any idea, first of all, how much power they have and secondly, how to do it, how to plug into this task of saving the planet and saving their kids’ futures.”

DeMocker says that parents have an important role to play not only in raising their own voices, but empowering their kids to do so, too.

So she wrote a book called The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution. It outlines 100 ways parents can push for a future without fossil-fuels – and include their children in the process.

DeMocker: “We can make artwork as families and put it on our apartment windows. We can advocate for bicycle infrastructure in our towns. We can go to city council, and we can show up for events – it could be for a key court hearing, it can be for a protest.”

DeMocker says it’s rewarding for families to work together for change.

DeMocker: “Yes, there’s a lot to do, but it’s also a wonderful time to be alive and to be raising children to help be part of those solutions.”

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

Daisy Simmons is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience in research-driven storytelling. In addition to contributing to Yale Climate Connections since early 2016, she also...