Mama Bear

Cross-posted at Moms Clean Air Force

I took this photo of a mama bear and her triplet cubs while on vacation in Alaska

I’m not a confrontational person.  Arguments make me really uncomfortable and I do my best to avoid them.  I don’t need to “win” and am happier to just smile and nod when I disagree with someone about something trivial.  It helps that I have a lot of patience and that I respect people’s right to their own opinion.  But when it comes to my son Joshua’s well being, that’s a different story.

I’ve actually seen mama bears defend their cubs in the wild.  Believe me, it is terrifying.  And now that I’m a mother, I understand.  I’m most likely never going to have to defend him physically, with tooth and claw, but I will stand up to the meanest, scariest, biggest grizzly bear if that’s what I have to do.

So when I think about all the great big scary polluters who threaten my son’s health and future, I have no problem standing up to them.  I’m not afraid to tell them it’s their turn to act. 

It can seem overwhelming to think of my one, tiny little voice telling Great Big Companies to clean up their act.  It’s worth it for my child’s future, and I am not alone.  We are not alone.  All around the world, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers are banding together to tell polluters that we’re not letting them off the hook.  We’re contacting our representatives and the EPA, organizing public demonstrations and events, launching online events on Facebook and Twitter, and teaching our children to stand up for themselves.  Our voices are united, and I believe we will triumph. 

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m a Mama Bear.  Are you?

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5 Responses to Mama Bear

  1. weren’t you scared when you took a picture of the bear? Bears can be very aggressive.

    • Yes, I was scared! But it was in Katmai National Park, where there are many many visitors and the bears are used to people watching them. We went through a bear safety training course, and of course the salmon were running so that’s all the bears were worried about!

  2. Sophie

    Yes! Being a mother has made me a thousand times stronger than I was before. Thank you for the blog, its really down to earth and inspring.

  3. I would say that I am becoming more and more a mama bear every day. I no longer have the luxury of being complacent, because I have children to think of. It definitely changes the way I relate to the larger world, and what I’m willing to do.

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