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July 03, 2013

There's Another Climate Champ in the White House

Last week, President Obama’s speech about climate action was filled with mentions of protecting our planet for the sake of future generations. That may be in part because his oldest daughter - Malia Obama - has been bringing up the subject of climate change at family dinners.

At an event with former first lady Laura Bush in Tanzania this week, Michelle Obama told the crowd that she refrains from giving her husband political advice -- but her daughters don’t hold back:

"You know, the fortunate thing about having young children and girls is that truly, they could care less [about their father’s political advisors]...there are times when Malia is like, so what about climate change? What about the tigers?"

Malia Obama might just be provoking her father, but she also speaks for the young people who will inherit a world with a changing climate, disintegrating coastlines, extreme drought, and intense natural disasters if our actions aren’t changed. We care about our rising tides, our extreme weather, and our changing climate. We care about deforestation, habitat destruction, and biodiversity loss. We care about the state of our world and we want to take steps to fix it -- because we have to live with them.

Malia might be the newest climate champion in the White House - here’s to hoping we hear more.

--Sierra Club Media Team Intern Lauren Lantry

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