It’s Fine to Change Your Mind About Climate Change

I am a climate change professional. Joan and I have worked on fixing climate impacts for over 25 years. So today, I share a personal reflection on how I got here, and offer 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.

I fell in love with science as a kid, and I wanted to do something useful, and hopefully make a living along the way.

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About the Author

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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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