Climate Parents Launches Web Campaign to Help Typhoon Haiyan Victims while Educating Kids about Climate Impacts
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, December 16, 2013, 04:11 PM EST
“Climate Kids for Haiyan Relief” helps parents talk to kids about climate impacts and raise money to send nurses to Philippines
a national organization that engages parents in climate action -- is launching Climate Kids for Haiyan Relief, a web campaign that encourages parents to talk to their kids about climate impacts and raise money for disaster relief. The campaign encourages kids to do an act of service in their community, after which parents “pay it forward” with a donation to send nurses and medical supplies from the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) to the Philippines. The participating organizations in this effort are Climate Parents, the Registered Nurse Response Network, National Nurses United, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Cool Mom, CA Environmental Justice Alliance and Cool the Earth.
Lisa Hoyos, the Director and Co-Founder of Climate Parents, said, “Our kids learn about climate change and climate disasters on the news and in school. Our role as parents is to help our kids understand that they play a role in finding solutions.” She added, “Climate Kids for Haiyan Relief will raise money to send nurses to the Philippines by harnessing the positive and giving actions of our kids. This initiative is about kids making a difference.”
The nurses of RNRN have a long history of helping communities. They provided relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and to victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and immediately began dispatching nurses to the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Michelle Vo, and RN who was on one of the first delegations who travelled to the Philippines said, “So many [people] don’t have any shelter, they have lost everything, clothing, belongings. Many are sleeping in makeshift tents in the rain. We see people who are dehydrated, malnourished, kids sick with fever. They need nurses, equipment and supplies.”
The Philippines is still reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan. More than 5,000 people lost their lives, and millions lost their homes as a result of this climate disaster.
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