As a parent, I know how expensive it is to raise a family — diapers, day care, clothes and activities. Parents already struggling are now dealing with another hit to their pocket books — the impact of climate change.
Climate change is sending the prices of the world’s staple food crops up and outputs down. Drought, extreme weather and other factors are putting yet another burden on the health of our children.
The global price of cereals has nearly doubled since 2000. Why? Increases in temperatures and stresses on global water supplies, which climate change will continue to exacerbate.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri has the second-highest percentage of households without enough food to eat. Fifteen million U.S. children under 18 live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food.
Climate change is real. It’s happening now. We’re experiencing it in many ways, and we must take action as a nation to address it.
Missouri leaders need to implement policies to curb the effects of climate change without delay.
Kay Mills of Springfield, Mo., is a field organizer with Moms Clean Air Force. She was born and raised in Halstead, Kan., and is a 1987 political science graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She and her husband, Andy, have children ages 14, 11 and 9.