Our Kids’ Climate and Parents For Future coordinated 222 climate parent groups in 27 countries and together signed a passionate appeal for delegates to the COP25 conference in Madrid to reflect on love for their own children and act to protect their health and future in the world.
“Our sons and daughters are what we love the most in life. And yet we are leaving them a broken world on the brink of climate chaos and ecological collapse. For us mothers and fathers, to see this is torture.
The disasters associated with climate change that are occurring right now are causing children around the world to lose their lives, health and future. Tropical cyclones in Africa and Asia, floods and landslides in parts of Europe and Brazil, and devastating fires worsened by drought in California and Australia are affecting families and communities in every corner of the world. Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at an unprecedented rate, and the state of climate emergency is rapidly becoming normal.
We write this petition as mothers and fathers to the delegates at the UN climate summit in Madrid, COP25, who will negotiate on our behalf and on behalf of our children.
This summit is a crucial opportunity to jointly demand ambitious climate action in line with the commitment to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5C. With every minute of political inaction, the climate crisis worsens, threatening the lives, health and futures of more children. We have reached the critical moment, when every tonne of carbon emitted brings us closer to the dangerous climate tipping points that could destroy our species in our lifetime, or that of our children.
Industries such as coal, oil and gas, with very powerful vested interests and in the midst of a battle to keep their business model alive, are using their power and influence to obstruct the necessary political action. Current political commitments lead us towards a catastrophic global temperature rise of 3-4°C.
We cannot accept that this is the world we are going to leave to our sons and daughters.
The demand for action by citizens is at its highest and science has never been clearer about what is at stake if we do not adopt the solutions that already exist, stop burning fossil fuels and transform our societies. Millions of children have led the way with school strikes by showing their firm resolve to fight the impending catastrophe and now their parents also stand up to protect them and demand immediate action. Together we will do whatever is necessary to protect them. Addressing the climate crisis is not the responsibility of our children: it is our job as adults and as parents to act to try to give them the future they deserve.
We are at a turning point in the history of our species and you, the delegates to this influential UN climate summit, have the opportunity to choose what happens next. We demand a secure future for our children – for all children – and for future generations. And for that we need them to act.
We hope that the delegates to this summit will show courageous leadership and act together rather than waiting for individual countries to take the lead. If we can all act one by one to open a new way, we will be safer. This summit is a moment of hope that must not be wasted.
Many of the COP 25 delegates are also fathers or mothers, and this is a particular appeal to them, because because of their professional skills, they can become true heroes in the eyes of their sons and daughters.
We only ask you to stop, close your eyes and imagine your children’s faces a few moments before making any decision at the summit. Then visualize the future you want for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Will you do whatever it takes to make this future a reality for the children who will inherit the earth?
We know that they can do it, and we trust that they will know how to do it.
To parent/family groups: please add your organization’s name to this statement and join our global effort.
These are the Parents for the Future (PFF) and Our Kids’ Climate groups that have signed on in support:
Parents For Future Global | Our Kids Climate
Australian Parents for Climate Action | Persistent Presence Fridays For Future | Grandparents for Climate Action Now, Blue Mountains New South Wales | What Will We Leave Our Children? | Extinction Rebellion Families Sydney | Extinction Rebellion Families SEQ
Parents For Future Österreich | PFF Burgenland | PFF Oberösterreich | PFF Südburgenland | PFF Tirol | PFF Vienna | PFF Vorarlberg | Babies for Future Wien
Families For Climate – Vichte
Familias Pelo Clima
Canadian Parents for Climate Action | Parent 4 Climate Victoria BC | For Our Kids
Familias X El Clima
Rodiče za klima Liberec | Parents for future, Czech republic | Extinction Rebellion rodiče a přátelé
Aktivistimummot (Activist Grannies Finland) | Ilmastovanhemmat – Climate Parents Finland
Parents For Future France | Unis Pour Le Climat | Parents Call For Climate | Grands Parents pour le Climat | Parents de XR France
PFF Germany | Workers4future, Germany | Grandparents4Future Deutschland | Extinction Rebellion Familien Berlin | PFF Altkreis Halle | PFF Augsburg | PFF Bensheim | PFF Bielefeld | PFF Bonn | PFF Borken | PFF Bremen | PFF Bruchsal | PFF Cuxhaven | People for Future Dachau | PFF Darmstadt | PFF Deggendorf | PFF Dinslaken | PFF Dortmund | PFF Dresden | PFF Dülmen | PFF Eisenach | PFF Erfurt | PFF Erlangen | PFF Essen | PFF Euskirchen und Nordeifel | PFF Ganderkesee | PFF Gelnhausen | PFF Gera | PFF Göppingen | PFF Göttingen | PFF Günzburg | PFF Haßfurt | PFF Hamburg | PFF Hameln | PFF Hannover | PFF Heidelberg | PFF Heilbronn | PFF Herford | PFF Herzogenaurach | PFF Höchstadt | People for Future Hochtaunus | PFF Holzminden | PFF Jena | PFF Karlsruhe | PFF Kerpen | People For Future Kiel | PFF Köln | PFF Kreis Gütersloh | Adults/PFF Leverkusen | PFF Lindau (Bodensee) | PFF Luebeck | PFF Magdeburg | PFF Mainz | PFF Marktoberdorf | PFF Moers | PFF Mülheim | PFF München | PFF Niedersachsen | PFF Nürnberg | PFF OG Bornheim/Swisttal/Weilerswist | PFF Oberhavel | PFF Oldenburg | PFF Osnabrück | PFF Ostalbkreis | Omas gegen Rechts | PFF Recklinghausen | PFF Rems-Murr | PFF Rostock | PFF Saarland | PFF Schwerin | PFF Schleswig- Holstein | PFF Schwäbisch Hall | People for future Siegburg | PFF Sinsheim | PFF Sömmerda | PFF Sonthofen | PFF Teltow-Fläming | PFF Trier | PFF Uckermark | PFF Uelzen | PFF Untertaunus | PFF Viersen | PFF Weinheim | PFF Werl | PFF Weserbergland | PFF Zwickau
Parents For Future India | Fridays For Future Parents | Forum For Better Bapatla | Kolkata Clean Air
TuistíDonTodhchaí – Parents for Future Ireland | Elders for Earth Cork | Israel | Parents for Future / Parents for Climate
National Kinder Garden Parents Commitee | Parents For Climate Hadera | Parents for Climate Haifa | Parents for Climate HaSharon North | Parents for Climate Jerusalem | Parents for Climate Kadima-Zoran | Parents for Climate Ness Ziona | Parents for Climate Rubinstein | Parents for Climate Tel Aviv | Parents for Climate Tivon | Parents’ Organization for Education in Jerusalem
Parents For Future Italia: group / page | PFF Arezzo | PFF Bari | PFF Belluno | PFF Bologna group / page | PFF Ferrara | PFF Forlì | PFF Milano | PFF Pisa | PFF Pistoia | PFF Roma | PFF Torino | PFF Val Nure | Extinction Rebellion Families Italy
Kenya climate parents
Padres por el futuro Monterrey | Unión Neoleonesa de Padres de Familia | GoGreen SierraMadreInstitute | Green Moms Instituto Nezaldi | Padres por el Futuro | Green Moms Centro Educativo Nobel | Mamás y papás por el clima | Green Team Himalaya International School | Green Team Israelita | Cecvac green team. Comité ecológico Interescolar | Sin Rastro MX
Dutch Parents for Future | Mothers Rise Up Netherlands
Millions of Mothers | Whaingaroa/Raglan Climate Action Group
Besteforeldrenes klimaaksjon (Grand Parents Climate Campaign) | Foreldreløftet
Rodzice dla Klimatu (Parents for Climate)
Parents For Future Portugal | PFF Lisboa | PFF Beja | PFF Bragança | PFF Portimão | PFF Porto | PFF Palmela
Madres por el Clima | PFF Barcelona | PFF El Masnou | Asociacion region de Murcia limpia | Familias por el Clima León | Madres Por el Clima Canarias | Madres por el clima La Rioja | Madres por el Clima Sevilla | Madres por el Clima Madrid Sierra Oeste
Parents For Future Sweden | Föräldravrålet
Genitori per il clima | Eltern fürs Klima Luzern | Grands-parents pour le climat
Parents For Future Turkey | Bodrum Iklim Acil Cagrisi (Urgent Call for Climate)
PFF UK | PFF Bedfordshire | PFF Brighton & Hove | PFF Dorset | PFF Eastbourne | PFF London | PFF North London | PFF Oxford | PFF South East London | PFF Sunderland | All UK Parents for Future groups | Youth4Climate Abergavenny | XR Families Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole | Bristol Schools Climate Action | FACE Family Action on Climate Emergency (Bath) | Little Ninja | MothersRiseUp UK | Mothers Rise Up West Midlands | Mothers and babies of Extinction Rebellion | Mums for Lungs | Rising Up! Manchester Families (XR) | Extinction Rebellion Families UK | XR Families London | Extinction Rebellion Families Hackney | Extinction Rebellion Families Haringey | Extinction Rebellion Islington Families | XR Families Oxford Group | Families For The Planet (XR Stroud) | Extinction Rebellion Families Bristol
PFF Seattle | Utah Moms for Clean Air | Climate Dads | Climate Action Families Seattle | Sierra Club’s Climate Parents | Elders Climate Action | Families for a Livable Climate | The Cleo Institute | DearTomorrow | ClimateMama | Mothers & Others for Clean Air | Mothers Out Front | 350Brooklyn Families | Sunrise Movement Kids NYC
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