I am marching in The People’s Climate March for Reny, my fun-loving 5 year old who loves to spend his summers swimming, kayaking, and playing on the beaches of Lake Erie – a lake that, due to climate change, is threatened by toxic algae blooms.
I am marching for Fiona, my sweet 3 year old who loves animals – frogs, snakes (much to her mother’s dismay!), insects, birds, you name it! I am marching because the very animals she loves to discover outside are threatened by a changing climate. I am marching because Fiona is no stranger of struggling to breathe as asthma strips her tiny body’s ability to do the most basic of human actions.
I am marching for my baby, Declan, who suffers from mast cell disease. Declan, whose symptoms flare with extreme heat and allergies, suffers during extreme weather events and during the extended allergy seasons brought on by a changing and chaotic climate.
I am marching for my husband, Reinaldo, who, much to his despair, has never been able to visit the homes where his grandparents and parents were born and raised in Cuba and whose own childhood city, Miami, could be swallowed up by the rising sea by the time our great-grandchildren hope to explore their own roots.
I am marching in The People’s Climate March because when I said yes to being a mother and a wife I said yes to protecting my family with my whole body, soul, and heart. As part of that promise I will march and fight to protect us from climate change.
Photo: Tammy Bradshaw Photography
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