Saturday, July 18, 2009
Comforting the child who fears global warming
(I wrestle with this question myself, so I was happy to see a thoughtful article at OregonLive.com addressing the issue. On the one hand you want to tell the truth, and explain a). what the scientists who study this believe, and b). the limits of science, but that can be difficult, especially with a small child. Should you candy-coat it (a little) and be reassuring. I think so - odds are we'll figure it out, even if we go kicking and screaming into a new, green, renewable economy. I thought this was some well-balanced advice. For the complete article click here).
In the car, on the our way to get gas, the 4-year-old asks:
"Dad, how far does outer space go?"
And in the kitchen, while making brownies:
"Mom, what happens to your stuff when you die?"
Good questions, honey.
I know, too, the questions will only get bigger. I'm sure I'll hear the one I fear the most while gardening or some such:
"Mom," she'll start, "this global warming thing? Even if we immediately stop producing C02, the earth will continue to warm, so aren't we in trouble no matter what?"
Even though I won't have an absolute answer, I don't want her to lose sleep on it.