Twitter can be a fine thing. A while ago I chanced upon Peter Kalmus, author of ‘Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution’ and climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I was drawn to follow him because of his positive messaging about how our individual lifestyle choices do indeed count. He makes the salient point that, as an American climate scientist who has opted for a lifestyle in which he and family consume one tenth of the average American’s fossil fuels, he is leading by example.
I find it refreshing that there are privileged academics among us who are choosing not to live as if it’s still the 1950s. His website noflyclimatesci.org documents “earth scientists, academics, and members of the public who either don’t fly or who fly less”. Along with other climate scientists who have self-declared their low carbon lifestyles, Kalmus encourages me to feel positive these days. Another reason to pay attention is that Kalmus is an articulate CCL member, as I discovered when I listened to his recent discussion about Carbon Fee & Dividend on rootsimple.com. I recommend listening to the whole interview as it’s full of entertaining, deep exchanges with hosts Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, and is highly informative throughout.
Listen to Peter Kalmus on Roots Simple
Composer pianist Lola Perrin who volunteers for CCL UK, is the founder of ClimateKeys, a global initiative combining musicians and climate change experts to create audience conversations about climate change solutions.