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1 Final Optimistic Video for 2019 1

1 Final Optimistic Video for 2019

We are rapidly approaching the end of 2019. At the beginning of the year, Joan and I set a target … We will post one new blog every week this year. This video is our 51st posting this year and, I think the last one until the New Year.

Joan and I want to send out a huge thank you to all of you who travelled this journey with us this year. Your feedback and support made it all worthwhile.

1 Problem with Climate Change Dollars and Sense 2

1 Problem with Climate Change Dollars and Sense

Today, I want to discuss climate change dollars and sense.

Human caused climate change is real. Those of us that work in climate change have long since dealt with our doubts about it. In previous videos I shared some of my own struggles coming to grips with this. It is a big idea. The world is big and we are so small. How can the idea that we are causing climate change ever be credible?

In fact, IT IS an incredible idea, and a very scary one. Accepting it obligates us to do something. And this onus, adds further incentive to reject the idea outright. Most of us are pretty comfortable. We really like the way things are. Why should I accept any idea that demands that I change?

More Struggles with Climate Hypocrisy 6

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.

Climate Change - The Death of 1000 Cuts 7

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.

2 Basic Facts About Negative Climate Politics 8

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.

Rough Stuff on the Climate Front 9

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.

It's Fine to Change Your Mind About Climate Change 10

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.

We Need to Adapt to Survive Dangerous Climate Change 11

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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