Climate change is an all-hands-on-deck challenge. Everyone is needed, regardless of politics, cultural identity, or economic status.
The Maine Climate Table provides opportunities for anyone to learn, to participate, and to act. Viewpoint diversity is an asset, not a liability, when it comes to solving a problem as large and long-term as climate change.
We need a bigger force. Not a divided citizenry.
“If we want to successfully address climate change, we need people of color.”
On June 7, 2020, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson published an op-ed in the Washington Post about how being black distracts her from her scientific work on climate change. She is compelled, obligated, to divert valuable time to dealing with racial injustice, which shouldn’t exist, but does. She writes “Consider the discoveries not made, the books not written, the ecosystems not protected, the art not created, the gardens not tended” because blacks must allocate time every day to this most fundamental of injustices. We should all be so distracted, regardless of the color of our skin.
“The Climate Common” is a video interview series designed to bring new, diverse voices to the climate conversation in Maine. Watch the latest episode “The Climate and the Lobsterman.” Click on image to the right to watch the video. (30 minutes)
Have you ever been in an awkward conversation about climate change? Maybe at the Thanksgiving dinner table? Actually, these are great opportunities to listen and learn. The Maine Climate Table’s “Climate Communications 101” workbook can help you engage someone who might have a different viewpoint. And if you have a group that would like to take advantage of our climate communications workshops, click here.