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Book: How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change: Turning Angst into Action, Release Date May 5th, 2020

About the Book: Building grit and hope in the face of the climate emergency

With catastrophic global warming already baked into the climate system, today's children face a future entirely unlike that of their parents. Yet how can we maintain hope and make a difference in the face of overwhelming evidence of the climate crisis?

Help is at hand. Written by Harriet Shugarman – the Climate Mama and trusted advisor to parents – How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change provides tools and strategies for parents to explain the climate emergency to their children and galvanize positive action. Coverage includes:

  • The unvarnished realities of the climate emergency, where we are at, and how we got here
  • Strategies for talking to kids of different ages about the climate crisis, including advice from engaged parents on the ground
  • How to maintain our own hope and that of our children
  • A list of practical actions families can take to tackle the climate change crisis
  • Ideas for helping children follow their passions in pursuit of a livable, just, and sustainable world.

A lifeline for parents who are feeling overwhelmed with fear and grief, this book provides both hope and practical ways to engage children in pursuit of a better world that is still possible.

About the Author: Harriet Shugarman is Executive Director of ClimateMama, professor of Climate Change and Society and World Sustainability, and Chair of the Climate Reality Project, NYC Metro Chapter. She is a nationally recognized influencer, connector, and trusted messenger for parents on solutions to our climate crisis. A recipient of the prestigious Climate Reality Green Ring Award and praised by Al Gore as “an outstanding Climate Reality Leader who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to her role as a climate communicator and activist.” Learn more about Harriet here.

 Early praise for the book: "Raising kids in a world made uncertain by climate change is a challenging task. Read Harriet Shugarman’s book, “How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change” to learn how we can speak to our children about climate change in a way that conveys urgency but maintains agency in the battle to preserve a hospitable future for us and them."  Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor, Penn State University and co-author of The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying our Politics, and Driving us Crazy.

"With five grandsons, I appreciate Harriet Shugarman's honest and sensitive advice to parents and grandparents. Harriet has led the way outreaching to parents.  We must unite to end carbon pollution while helping our children prepare for the changes already baked into the climate system. Harriet shows the way." Larry J. Schweiger Author of "Climate Crisis and Corrupt Politics: Overcoming the Forces that Threaten Our Future" and "Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth" Former President National Wildlife Federation

"How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change is a precious and necessary book delivered at the perfect moment. Harriet Shugarman skillfully guides us through this most perilous time by helping us to squarely look at the climate crisis while simultaneously showing us how to navigate through the fire. Her words are all at once fierce and soothing, responding to many questions parents world round seek to answer as their children look them in the eye. As the escalation of climate disruption quickly unfolds. this is the best of the kind of writing and inspiration we need for the challenging decade ahead." Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

"As a mother, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change lifts up my spirit, at the same time as it reminds me that our children are demanding the truth about our climate emergency, and that they are looking to us to help them understand the realities we are facing and the role they can play in helping to save their future earth.  Harriet Shugarman has written a must-read guide for parents at all stages of climate knowledge. Harriet Shugarman has been working in the parent/climate space for more than a decade. I trust her to help me find new ways to talk to my children, to tell them the truth and to empower them to move forward in positive ways, you should too! After reading this book, when your kids ask you about the climate crisis and what they can do about it, you will know what to say."  Maya van Rossum, The Delaware Riverkeeper & Leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Founder of the national movement Green Amendment For The Generations and Author of "The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment"

"With a reminder to “lead through examples of kindness, love and gratitude”, Harriet Shugarman weaves together a powerful tapestry of climate science information with profound and moving insights from parents helping their children cope with being on the front lines of climate change.  The book explores the existential threat that climate change presents to human survival on earth with threads of intergenerational justice, indigenous wisdom and environmental racism interwoven with hope, optimism, determination, inspiration from youth success stories, and a vision for systemic change. This book will sustain you in your commitment to protect, empower and support your children to act at this defining moment of our planetary history. Indeed, taking action, together as a family, is the antidote to fear and demoralization." Lynne Cherry, Founder Young Voices for the Planet; Producer, Young Voices for the Planet films; Author/Illustrator: The Great Kapok Tree & A River Ran Wild; How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate (with Gary Braasch)

Upcoming Author Events:

March 2020  50 Shades of Green Divas, Green Diva Podcast (check back for air date)

April 2020 Harriet Is a NYC Climate Hero!  She will be showcased as part of street exhibit on Broadway in New York City. Awarded by The Human Impacts Institute and the NYC Department of Transportation, Harriet has been selected as one of New York City's most impactful leaders on addressing the climate crisis. (public)

April 16th  Featured Speaker, Horace Mann Parent Institute, New York City (private)

April 19th Panelist, Bedford 2020, Earth Shot, Bedford New York (public - postponed)

April 22nd Earth Day, Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey (public)

April 30th Featured Speaker, Falmouth, Massachusetts postponed

May 4th Featured Speaker, Center for Parents and Teachers Concord, Massachusetts  (public)

June 11th Community-wide event, Larchmont, New York (public) 

Late Summer,  Studio Conversation, Peconic Land Trust, Mattituck, New York (public)

Please let us know if you want more information on any of these events.

Recent Media/Press:

Parents - How to Explain Climate Change to Your Child, March 9, 2020

BreezoMeter - Ask the Expert, Q&A with Harriet Shugarman of ClimateMama - January 16, 2020

REI - How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, December 6, 2019

Care - How to Talk About Climate Change with Your Kids, November 1, 2019

Global News - How to Talk to Your Kids Without Scaring Them, October 2, 2019

Find more press links here.

Early Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, New Society Publishers

Book Proceeds: All profits from book sales will go to support parent, youth and teacher projects on education, advocacy and outreach on the climate crisis.  More information on this program and how to apply will be available in Summer 2020.