When parents and guardians get fired up on issues from drunk driving to gun control to trans rights, there are no more powerful advocates for change. That same Parent Power can drive climate policy and create a sustainable future for our kids. The first step is starting the conversation.
As caregivers, we’re stuck in this Catch-22: deeply invested in protecting our children’s rights to a livable planet but so slammed with the demands of raising kids it’s hard to find the time or energy to act. That’s where The Parents’ Climate Community comes in. We are a volunteer group of Austin-area caregivers and allies supporting each other to take action on the climate crisis.
To engage Austin parents, families, and allies in doable, meaningful action on climate change
We empower parents to recognize they have the tools to speak out for our kids’ well-being and that their perspective is valuable to the climate movement.
We model and involve our kids in environmental learning and civic action, and we act in solidarity with youth climate activists.
We connect caregivers with local environmental non-profits and climate initiatives around Austin.
Since 2019, we’ve been sharing ideas and anxieties, engaging in easy but impactful advocacy efforts, and involving our kids in hands-on environmental learning. Founder Eileen McGinnis launched The Parents’ Climate Community as a Meetup group in July 2019, hoping to connect with like-minded adults who were worried about climate change but didn’t know where to start.
In the years since that initial meetup, our advisory council has grown to include Kate Carmichael, Denise Kleinman, Lizett Sanchez, Zephyr Stone, Olya Sukhopar, and Lesa Walker.
how can you help?
There’s room for everyone in the climate movement. You don’t have to contort yourself into a role that feels awkward or uncomfortable. Simply start where you are, with your own particular skill set, passions, and relationships. Listen to Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson talk more about How to Find Joy in Climate Action. What’s your climate superpower?