November 28, 2019


Joel Nodelman

Climate Change – 2 Optimistic Messages

About the author

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.

This week I was preoccupied with sports.  Perhaps in reaction to all the Grey Cup coverage over the last couple of weeks.  I am not the biggest sports fan, but live in a place where sports can dominate the media, the news I read, and the radio I listen to. The highs and lows of sports offer welcome relief from the really serious stuff that normally preoccupies me, climate change.

The thing about sports, love them or hate them, is they create challenges for the athletes, who work very hard to play the game. They face equally determined opponents, and someone has to win.

It occurred to me that in our climate change work we face similar challenges. The better prepared team, the team with more desire, and the team with a few lucky bounces, will win the day. I have no intention of trivializing our climate challenge. But, if we are to make real change we need to accept that this is a big challenge, we have opponents, and will need all of our preparation, wit, will, and a bit of luck to win the day.

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