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.
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.
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.
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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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.