That May morning in 2017 began like any other school day. We were scrambling around trying to leave the house. I was bad to be one of the last moms in car line and this drove my older son crazy. At the time, he was a second grader and my younger son was in his last year of preschool.
As we drove, an NPR broadcast on the Paris Agreement aired. There was a pause in our conversation allowing time for my second grader to hear just enough to get curious.
“What’s the Paris Agreement?” He asked.
I answered in the best way I knew how to help young minds understand. My response ignited a conversation about politics, global warming, tolerance and other serious topics for five-and eight-year olds.
But, they listened intently.
At the end of the conversation, my preschooler said, "How will earth stay in the sky if we keep adding so much trash?"
From that one question came the idea for The Jolt Felt Around the World. In that moment, I realized that children see global warming in a simplistic, yet profound, way. They don’t need research or graphs or debating politicians to be convinced. To them, it boils down to the law of gravity and the fact that Mother Earth can only handle so much. Children believe her inhabitants can do better.
Our youngest humanitarians are worried about our planet. In fact, their gentle and hopeful hearts seem more concerned than older individuals. My goal for this book is to inspire conversations between adults and children, for it to be used by parents, grandparents, librarians and teachers as a teaching tool. If we're truly going to make impactful changes, we cannot leave out our children and adolescents, for they are the ones who will inherit our mistakes and mishaps.
Let's leave them a planet they can enjoy.