Celebrating Families

Building a Sustainable Future Together

Today, May 15th, marks the 30 year of International Day of Families. This day is dedicated to recognizing the importance of families and the issues that affect them. This year's theme, "Families and Climate Change: International Year of the Family + 30," highlights the impact climate change has on families and the role families can play in creating a more sustainable future.


From extreme weather events displacing families to disruptions in food security and health, climate change has a significant negative impact on families around the world. A new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) highlights that climate change disproportionately affects poor households, causing them to lose income and rely more on farming. Women in these households are especially vulnerable, as they tend to lose more income than men due to heat stress and floods, and experience increased workloads due to extreme weather events.


Families have immense power to drive positive change. By adopting sustainable practices such as reducing/reusing waste and conserving energy, families can make a real difference. Even small changes, like incorporating recycled materials into everyday life, can inspire others. Stanford Medicine Children's Health, for instance, utilizes recycled art throughout their Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. This not only promotes sustainability but can also create a more positive and uplifting environment for patients, staff, and visitors.


Families play a crucial role in educating future generations about climate change and fostering a culture of environmental responsibility. By working together, families can build a more sustainable future for all. Organizations like the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) provide valuable resources and programs to help families integrate environmental education into their lives. Children need these tools and an educational framework to help cope with what experts call “climate anxiety” in order to address and manage for the future.

As we reflect on the International Day of Families, we can acknowledge the challenges climate change presents and commit to working together to create a healthier planet for our families and future generations.