Empowering children to take care of the environment

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Empowering children to take care of the environment

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We can empower our children to take steps to prevent global warming and pollution by maybe connecting the two of those things and by slowly teaching them that their actions matter, and their actions as individuals matter, and that as a group actually make change. And my kids, when they were little, I think I scared them a little bit about climate change and global warming and maybe talked about it too early in too severe a way, but I think it's really important and essential for kids to understand the bigger picture and then be able to connect the micro, or the small bits that they can do that will, in fact, impact those bigger issues at hand. So once again, it's about how we consume the amount of water that we use, the amount of electricity that we use, how often we drive, how much – obviously – oil we use. Those things all have to be relatable to kids and they have to understand that plastic bottles come from oil, that water is precious and endangered – if you will – and I think once you make those connections, they will, in fact, be the ones to help us prevent climate change.

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Kelly Meyer, passionate environmentalist and co-founder of the Women's Cancer Research Fund, is an active leader among several national and local environmental organizations.  She currently co-chairs the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and sits on the Board of Southern California’s, Heal the Bay.  Kelly is proud to have been a partner in the building of the first LEED Platinum home in California, Project7ten, which continues to be used to educate people on green building practices. Meyer was instrumental in the passage of the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), a groundbreaking piece of legislation that requires environmental education in grades K-12 in all public schools in the state of California. She also completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first hand, the concept of thinking globally while acting locally.  Most recently, she co-founded the Teaching Garden, which strives to eliminate childhood obesity by integrating good nutrition habits and fitness into schools. Now nationwide, it has been adopted by the American Heart Association as part of their prevention campaign. She was recently appointed by Secretary Solis to The Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. Kelly is married to Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios. They have two children and live in Malibu, where she enjoys hiking, surfing and stand up paddling.

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