Last week NASA scientist Jim Hansen released a scientific paper confirming that some extreme weather events would not be happening without climate change. The bad news is that we aren’t investing in renewable energy fast enough to slow this down yet. The good news is that this increase in extreme weather provides yet another benefit to breastfeeding– you can still feed your baby if the lights go out or the water gets contaminated.
Increased electricity demand during heatwaves, drought-induced shortages in hydropower, and heavy downpours can all cause power outages. As these types of events increase, it becomes even more important for mothers to have a healthy source of food that does not rely on refrigeration and is not imperiled by contaminated well water. Luckily breastfeeding moms have that in addition to all the other benefits of breastfeeding.
Happy world breastfeeding week!
About Keya Chatterjee
Keya Chatterjee is a Climate Change and Environment expert, and Director for International Climate Policy at World Wildlife Fund. Her work focuses on the environmental crisis facing the planet, and what policies and measures should be taken to ameliorate the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. Keya’s commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, CNN, and NBC Nightly News. Keya resides in Washington, DC with her husband Andrew and her son Siddharth. She enjoys practicing yoga, biking, and spending time with her friends and family. She is working on a book about how to have a baby without raising your carbon footprint to be published in 2013 by Ig Publishing. Keep up with Keya’s writing on the nexus of climate change activism and motherhood at www.keyachatterjee.com.