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Reviews |  Talking with children about climate change and Hurricane Ida


Two days before Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana in late August, Sarah DeBacher was trying to get her children to stop hanging out and start packing. She needed them to understand the urgency of why they had to evacuate their home in Holy Cross, a neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

When her youngest son, Charlie, 7, asked what could happen if they didn’t leave, DeBacher told them that during Hurricane Katrina a man drowned in the house they now live in. She hadn’t planned on telling her children about this sinister fact – he just escaped.

Hear DeBacher, educator and mother, grapple with the difficult discussions she has had with her children about climate change in recent weeks as she was displaced from their home. She wonders what should happen next, for her family and for all of us.

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