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Just the facts, please

Distraction, spin, and information overload – these are just a few of the problems we face when we attempt to sort out the right information we need for our kids and our climate.

No one is more aware of that problem than the team at Too Small To Fail. This week they focused on early brain development, and they brought in the big guns, scientifically speaking, to deliver the facts. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, wrote a truly informative commentary on the effects of toxic stress on children. Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, Director of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University, explained in a video why we all have a stake in the healthy development of every child – a message the vast majority of Californians agree with, if the recent poll numbers on transitional kindergarten are any indication. And former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lent his voice to the discussion with an Op-Ed in The Hill sticking up for the least affluent and most vulnerable kids in America.

Meanwhile, our Energy and Climate team has been hard at work preparing for Risky Business, the epitome of just-the-facts economic analysis on climate change in the United States. What’s more, Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of our Energy and Climate program, has been all over the country in recent days talking about the issues in person. You can read about her travels as well as the latest on the new IPCC report in California Energy & Climate News.

The world may be full of distractions, but we are doing our best to bring you the most useful, actionable information when it comes to the issues that matter to the Next Generation.

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