We try to get outside with our children as often as we can. Eating lunch at the neighborhood pond, meeting friends for early morning hikes, or biking on the dirt roads alongside the river after work as a family. On days that we spend our free time outside, our children just seem to be more at ease. Tatum (our baby) stops fussing and attentively listens to the birds in the trees. And Huck shouts with excitement when he find beaver teeth marks in the trees, or a spider egg sac in a bush. As a parent, I love seeing their flushed cheeks, and their faces luminescing from the light of the setting sun. The more time we spend outside, the more I understand that the health of my children is connected to the health of our planet.
The truth is, this beautiful planet might not look the same when my children are in their 20s. They might not ever have the privilege of taking their own children fishing. What’s more, they might have to work harder to find air that is safe to breathe, or water that is safe to drink. More than ever, our planet needs our help. While my family is making the changes that we can in our home, we are also grateful to support the work of the Sierra Club as they strive to protect our Earth.