- Marching Since: November 03, 2006
Texas faces a unique challenge. Not only were we the destination of thousands of people fleeing from Louisiana during and after Hurricane Katrina, we also have to face direct hits by hurricanes ourselves. We are constantly “battening down the hatches” along our coastlines, clogging up the highways in the mad dash to get out of the way of the oncoming storms, and filling up hotels and motels too. And that’s without mentioning the severe thunderstorms, floods or droughts, and tornadoes we see each year. The Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers (Texas PTA) has been educating Texas children about their environment for many years. One of our missions is “to support and speak on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children”. Texas teachers are talking about recycling, reducing, reusing, and protecting water and other natural resources. But now it’s time to think and talk on a bigger scale- global. We need to start focusing on the effects of global warming and how our children are going to have to survive and live in a world our generation is leaving for them. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and start reversing the harmful trends we, as humans, have defined as “progress”. Texas PTA encourages it’s 600,000+ members to join this virtual march, and other state PTA’s to join up, too.