“They appear to be an unlikely group to advocate for and educate on climate change. They are not scientists, but they understand the science.”’
Many of us have causes we are passionate about. Reforming education. Protecting victims of domestic violence. Supporting the arts. Housing the homeless. Feeding the hungry.
All are worthy of our energy and consideration.
The Star-Ledger has just published an opinion piece written by our founder, Kathleen Biggins, after a conservative pundit lamented that climate action was jobs-killing and would hurt our economy – something that gets repeated over and over but is simply not true. Such statements are a disservice because they only look at one small piece of the equation instead of looking at the sum of all the parts.
Every job is important to individuals and communities but a job saved today that will cost many more jobs tomorrow is a Faustian bargain. It simply makes no sense to save a job today at the cost of new, climate-friendly jobs that bring more economic growth as well as important and valuable benefits like lower health care costs and a cleaner environment.
We have to find a way to reward and protect fossil fuel workers who enabled our economic growth in the past, while pivoting to the new technologies that will ensure our economic viability in the future.
Catherine Rampell missed a key point in her Oct. 27 Tuesday Opinion column, “Biden’s energy ‘gaffe’ is the truth: Oil is history.” Though it is true that “politicians can make a difference” and “accelerate the pace of change,” the reason lawmakers haven’t, of course, is that they aren’t hearing from enough constituents that addressing the threat of climate change is a priority.
Social Impact Heroes: How and Why Kathleen Biggins of C-Change Conversations Decided to Change Our World
As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kathleen Biggins.
Kathleen Biggins is the founder and president of C-Change Conversations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting productive, non-partisan discussions about the science and effects of climate change.
Climate change has become a “litmus test” for party loyalties, which has led to this being one of the most divisive issues in this country.