Our children’s, and our children’s children’s future. Japan Nuclear threat.

First of all, there is NO radiation threat in the USA from the March 11, 2011 Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and now nuclear plant explosions.  At least so far, according to the The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Here is a great advisory from the American Academy of Pediatrics HealthyChildren.Org website regarding talking to your children about the disaster.  When I spoke on a local network affiliate morning show after 9/11, I stressed not to let your preschool aged children see the disaster on TV.  They are not always able to discern between replays, and the same bad thing happening over and over again as if it were live coverage.

As a parent now, the future of our planet, and our fragility and susceptibility to disasters really hits home.   Look at these satellite pictures of Japan before and after the disaster featured on The New York Times website.  Normal neighborhoods.  Normal homes.  Unimaginable devastation.

Can we really do anything to protect ourselves against these threats?  Yes and no.  Earthquakes and Tsunamis?   No.   Hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, not much we can do.  Of course, we can regulate safety to avoid things like oil spills, and blown nuclear plants.  Of course, we worry about alternative energy because those future generations won’t have any oil left and may need nuclear power.  But then there’s the nuclear waste.  Arghh.

What we can do is teach our children to love our planet.  Love our oceans.  Love our open spaces.  Think conservation and preservation.  Everything, except maybe sun and wind, are finite resources.

Yesterday we took our 3 month old baby to see Monterrey Bay Aquarium.  Okay, my wife and I wanted to go see the aquarium. What I didn’t count on was seeing

Father and Baby in Aquarium

when fish swam by in the tanks.   It may have just been the lights and the movement, but he will grow up learning about wildlife and experiencing the outdoors.

I also ran into a heartbreaking story about a little 5 year old girl named Maddie James who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  She will die soon.  Her dream is to help expand an ocean educational center for children. This is a dream her parents want to make into an everlasting memorial with our help.

Maddie James’ story reminds me about the fragility of our lives.   Japan reminds me about the fragility of our planet.  While I won’t teach my child to live in fear, he will see me go back to the car to get a cloth bag instead of plastic that may end up in our oceans or landfills.  And for now, he’ll be in cloth diapers.

 

 

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