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Attachment: Good for parents & kids; bad for fossil fuels

This week in our Too Small To Fail Campaign, we're focused on the issue of attachment – not the unhealthy kind of attachment to things like high-fructose corn syrup and losing baseball teams, but the healthy kind that forms between parents and their infant children. This will come as a surprise to no one, but it turns out that a child's ability to learn later in life is at least partially determined by the amount of parental nurturing they receive as a newborn. We're focused on helping parents find the time to nurture their kids – or, if they're struggling, finding the resources they need to make it happen. Few things are more critical for our future.

You know what else is critical for our future? Getting rid of our attachment to fossil fuels. As Kate Gordon notes in her weekly Cliff Notes (you're a subscriber, right?), there are a lot of people arguing that we can't afford to stop investing in fossil fuels. But they're not considering how much it's already costing us to fortify civilization against the mounting impacts of climate change. While a certain eastern university that-shall-not-be-named is struggling with this concept, the West Coast of the United States is leaping ahead with a major collaboration on climate. Watch this space for more news on that front – you can bet that Next Generation will be, ahem, attached to the action.

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