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More Struggles with Climate Hypocrisy

I have struggled for some time with the idea that we need to be perfect to advocate change. This idea often comes up when we talk about the need for climate action. Often, the discussion degrades rapidly into accusations of hypocrisy.

It is easy to take the emotional bait. We feel guilty, try to justify ourselves, and regain our emotional composure, usually by trying to convince the other guy that we have the moral credentials to make our case.

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Climate Change – The Death of 1000 Cuts

Every step in the right direction is a good step.

We need to remember that climate change is the death of a thousand cuts. It results from the cumulative effect of all of our carbon use, not just that of a few large emitters.

We need to celebrate each success along the way, small as it may be. If we demand perfection, before we act, we never make progress.

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2 Basic Facts About Negative Climate Politics

Climate as a top of mind political issue, with sides drawing up, based on party affiliation. And it is more hotly debated than I have seen in over twenty-five years, and it seems that everyone is an expert, perhaps except the experts.

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Rough Stuff on the Climate Front

It has been a scary week. I saw images from London of climate protesters hauled off of the top of tube trains and mauled by the crowd. Folks thrown to the platform, punched and kicked, and commuters pushing against each other, some to protect vulnerable protestors and some to keep the violence going. I believe in everyone’s right to express their opinion. But, I worry that things are getting violent.

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It’s Fine to Change Your Mind About Climate Change

I am a climate change professional. Joan and I have worked on fixing climate change impacts for over 25 years. So today, I share more of a personal reflection on how I got here, and offer some hope that we can convince others with hard data, patience and persistence.

I spent most of my career working on environmental problems. That was my goal from the beginning, and the reason I became an engineer.

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We Need to Adapt to Survive Dangerous Climate Change

Today, I want to share some of my thoughts about our need to adapt to climate change.

Adapting is critical to our survival and provides the foundation for effective, long-term greenhouse gas reduction.

We know we must take action. Sitting on our hands, or worse, spending our time in fruitless arguments does nothing to solve our immediate problem.

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Little Known Secrets of Climate Shaming

Today, a personal reflection on little known secrets of climate shaming. 

Why do we throw the word hypocrisy around in the climate debate? I believe it is a convenient emotional club, used to make people shut up. A quick and dirty way to get around an inconvenient argument.

Also, today I return to video blogging. This piece takes about seven minutes. Take a break, get yourself a cup of coffee and visit with Joel.  He shares his views about climate shaming, hypocrisy, and our need for action. 

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More Struggles with Climate Hypocrisy

I have struggled for some time with the idea that we need to be perfect to advocate change. This idea often comes up when we talk about the need for climate action. Often, the discussion degrades rapidly into accusations of hypocrisy.

It is easy to take the emotional bait. We feel guilty, try to justify ourselves, and regain our emotional composure, usually by trying to convince the other guy that we have the moral credentials to make our case. ...

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More Struggles with Climate Hypocrisy 10

Climate Change – The Death of 1000 Cuts

Every step in the right direction is a good step.

We need to remember that climate change is the death of a thousand cuts. It results from the cumulative effect of all of our carbon use, not just that of a few large emitters.

We need to celebrate each success along the way, small as it may be. If we demand perfection, before we act, we never make progress. ...

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Joel Nodelman

President & CEO

Joel is an engineer and risk management specialist with over forty years of professional practice. He is committed to helping his clients achieve climate resiliency and sustainability.

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