What Is Working in Climate Change?
Huffington Post, April 27, 2015
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” A favorite rallying cry in the heady ’60s. Today, with climate change, our problem is that we are all part of the problem, leaving many of us feeling powerless to contribute much to solutions. Yet until each of us takes up our piece of the problem, there will be no solution.
In drought-besieged California, for example, where I have an office, the “water-cooler conversation” often turns these days to water: How many showers are you taking now? What are you doing to capture and reuse the water? Is soapy water harmful to plants? After a while, inevitably, someone comments on how futile these well-meaning gestures seem in response to a massive crisis. And then the question becomes, “What else?” The answer: “Get to work.” Read More->
Colleges and Universities Answer the Call on Climate Change
Huffington Post, March 07, 2015
This spring is anything but silent on university campuses when it comes to the issue of climate change. Many colleges and universities have been making powerful efforts to speak about the climate problem.
On March 26, Clark University in Massachusetts — a private institution with approximately 3300 undergraduate and graduate students — held a campus-wide teach-in on the topic of climate change. The event included 45 sessions organized into four tracks, two keynote speeches, “councils,” and a film festival. The 600 or so participants at the teach-in formed a diverse community who understand the gravity of climate change and care enough to do something about it. Read More->
Board member Sarah Buie made the news on Earth Day, in a fascinating article in Huffington Post by Wellesley College President Emerita Diana Chapman Walsh. Walsh captured her experience of participating in the Clark University Council on an Uncertain Future, a sustained conversation among twelve scholars and artists on the future of the planet and humanity in relationship to climate change and environmental degradation. Of the gathering, Walsh reflected, “In the affection and connection of the circle, in the depths we discovered in ourselves and one another, we began to emerge, each of us, with a clearer picture of who it is we can be in this emergency, and how we can bring ourselves most skillfully to it.” Read More->