My kids are screwed. It’s a shame, really. They’re awesome kids, all three of them. Smart. Funny. Compassionate. Creative. Unfortunately, they have me as their mother. And I am a liability.

Just this morning, as they lamented the teeming rain and wondered aloud where the snow was, I prefaced my explanation by outlining the difference between climate change and weather, then noted that the planet when they are adults will be decidedly different than it is now, or was during my childhood. In other words, kids, a minimum two-degree centigrade warming means “you likely won’t need snowsuits.”

When my eight-year-old son confessed to me his love of McNuggets (eternal damnation to my spouse who shares our son’s love of the Golden Arches!), I logged onto McCruelty. com and remained pathologically detached as my son began sobbing at images of factory farmed chickens and swore off McDonald’s forever.

If that’s not enough evidence that my children are the products of eco-lunacy childrearing, all three are card-carrying PETA members, won’t touch a lip balm without checking with me first to determine if it’ll give them “boobs”, think it’s perfectly normal to fish plastic bottles and cans out of other people’s garbage to recycle, and spit out four-letter expletives whenever the names George Bush or Stephen Harper are mentioned.

I’m beginning to think the billion-dollar budgets that countries are considering to battle climate change should be redirected towards therapy for my children…and those of other mothers like me.

Leslie Garrett is a national award-winning journalist, author and editor, based near Toronto, Canada. She is the author of The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World and she has also written a dozen children’s books, including a biography of renowned environmentalist David Suzuki and “EarthSmart”, a book for young children on protecting the environment.

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