Grandmothers lead the charge in climate activism

A growing movement of grandmothers, driven by concern for their grandchildren's future, are at the forefront of environmental activism.

Jessica Kutz reports for The 19th.


In short:

  • Grandmothers, combining their activism experience and personal motivation, are significantly contributing to the climate movement.
  • This demographic, often overlooked, is influencing policy and public opinion through protests and voting, focusing on a sustainable future for younger generations.
  • Organizations like Elder Climate Action and Moms Clean Air Force are seeing a surge in participation from older women, highlighting a shift in the environmental activism landscape.

Key quote:

"When I look my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren, my children, in the eye, I have to be able to say, ‘I did everything I could to protect you."

— Hazel Chandler, Arizona field coordinator of Moms Clean Air Force.

Why this matters:

The involvement of grandmothers in climate activism underscores the universal impact of environmental issues. Their unique perspective and commitment offer a powerful voice in shaping policies for healthier, sustainable futures, resonating across generations.

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