Family Climate Action

Portland families working together to help prevent global catastrophe

Family Climate Action is a community supporting family-inclusive action for social and personal change in response to climate change and environmental breakdown.

Oriented by the climate change open letters, we focus on supporting the most impactful lifestyle choices we can make (sustainable transportation, whole-food plant-based diets, and family planning) and taking action to help build community resilience, end the use of fossil fuels, transition from industrial animal agriculture to sustainable food, and create a new economic and political system.

You can be anywhere you are on your journey.

We meet monthly in a close-in neighborhood, at child-friendly times (i.e., weekends outside of the midday nap zone). We set up a monitored play space where children can be if they choose not to sit with the adults.

Contact me to learn more.

An open letter to those who haven’t faced climate change

It is very likely that the climate crisis is profoundly worse than you think.

Read the letter

An open letter to parents about protecting your children from climate change

Really, the most important thing you can do as a parent is to look, eyes wide open, and respond.

Read the letter

Selected publications

Spitzer, S. A systemic approach to occupational and environmental healthInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2005; 11: 444-54.

Spitzer, S. Hiking For PhotographersThe Luminous Landscape. July 2014.

Schafer, K., Reeves, M., Spitzer, S., and Kegley, S. Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and Corporate Accountability. Pesticide Action Network. May 2004.

Spitzer, S. Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast MethodBackpackingLight. July 2011.

Spitzer, S. RIE Principles for Parenting in Nature. Free Forest School Blog. January 2018.