By Alexandra Zissu, Editorial Director

When it comes to our kids’ safety, vigilant moms and dads know the alphabet that counts—BPA, PTFE, PBDEs, and all the rest. Yet the national conversation about raising healthier families often overlooks the most toxic abbreviation of all.

On January 9th, you’re invited to Washington, D.C. to fix that problem.

Because the substance with the biggest potential to affect our children’s future isn’t an incomprehensible chemical born in a lab. It’s simple CO2, a.k.a. carbon dioxide.

It’s pretty straightforward: Things like fossil fuels and industrial agriculture are releasing too much CO2 and other so-called “greenhouse gases” into the atmosphere. These gases excel at storing the sun’s heat. The more of them we add to the air, the more heat gets trapped. It’s like a car sitting in the sun—roll up the windows and it gets hot inside fast. Every ton of CO2 that’s dumped into the air rolls earth’s “windows” up just a bit more. And the time we have until things overheat is running out.

That’s why we’re partnering with Moms Clean Air Force to support their Play-In for Climate Action on January 9 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. It’s a family-friendly day full of fun, kids’ activities, and a very important January on the Senate to help everyone understand the threat global warming poses to our kids. Because unless we take action now, the future is looking pretty gloomy. We’re talking many more floods and a lot less drinking water, increasing storms and decreasing prosperity, more wildfires and less wildlife, too much drought and not enough food, more disease and rising seas, and far fewer chances for a safe and healthy future. Chances are this is not what you want for your children.

We proud to be a part of this historic event. We hope you can join the Play-In in Washington and be a part of it, too. If you can’t make it in person, please share the message far and wide with friends and family who might be able to join. Help us send the message that CO2 is the most toxic threat our children face, and it’s time to do something about it!