U of A teachers unite moms to fight climate change

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A group of climate scientists who are also mothers have come together to stop climate change. Their goal is to encourage other moms to do the same.

Joellen Russell has been studying the effects of climate change on our oceans for over 30 years. Kathy Jacobs helped build Arizona’s water management system and helps decision makers respond to climate change.

“Water is so essential to literally everything, it’s what powers the entire climate cycle, it’s what sustains the entire ecosystem and sustains all of humanity,” Jacobs said.

The two women are accomplished professors and climatologists, but what unites them is being a mother. They are passionate about preventing pollution, drought and natural disasters for generations to come.

“One of my grandchildren will pull me by the sleeve and say ‘Grandma, why didn’t you do something when it would have made a difference?'” Russell said.

That’s why they started an organization called Science Moms in January 2021. It’s a group of 11 moms who are also climate scientists. They help moms clarify the facts about climate change: it’s real, it’s man-made, it’s hurting people now, but it’s solvable.

“Working together is really empowering,” Jacobs said. “What we really hope to do is help women understand that not only can they be part of the solution, but they must be part of it.”

This year, the group aired educational ads across the country, calling on 85 million American mothers to take action. They’re asking moms to ditch their wasteful habits, share the facts about climate change with friends and family, and speak out.

“If I can talk to moms, regular people,” Russell said. “We just need to bend that curve so we can create a better future for our children and stop this big baby from tugging on my sleeve.”

Click here to learn more about Science Moms.
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