EPISODE 37 | 17 MINS
Cap and Trade, Where Do We Go From Here? – Climate Adaptation Series, Part 2
WITH KATE MEIS, JONATHAN PARFREY, AND STEVE FRISCH
New to this series? Catch up, starting with Part 1 of our Climate Adaptation Series HERE.
Effectively Communicating Climate Change Issues to Diverse Audiences
IN THIS EPISODE
[02:32] Jonathan explains the messages (and messengers) he uses that resonate with community members.
[04:02] Steve describes the messages that resonate with community members in the Sierra Nevada.
[06:59] Steve speaks about how the the impacts of years-long drought, millions of dead trees, and wildfires are changing the conversation in the Sierra Nevada.
[08:21] Jonathan shares his viewpoint of the climate impacts in the regions where he works.
[10:35] Steve speaks about a communication strategy to make a difference.
[11:57] Steve discusses how to communicate climate change in a way that people can understand how it impacts them.
Kate Meis is the Executive Director of the Local Government Commission (LGC). Kate is a champion for local governments; a recognized leader in local climate change adaptation, mitigation and clean energy efforts; and an ardent coalition builder. She obtained a Masters of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis, and has a Sociology Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sonoma.
Jonathan Parfrey is the Executive Director and Founder of Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, founded in 2010, that is dedicated to creating practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while making Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, as well as prepare for climate change impacts.
Steve Frisch is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years, Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships. Sierra Business Council also manages the Sierra Small Business Development Center focusing on advancing sustainable business practices and linking new and expanding businesses to climate mitigation and adaptation funding.
For over 35 years LGC has connected cutting-edge leaders from across the nation. Together they are advancing transformative policies and implementing innovative solutions for sustainable communities. LGC works to build livable communities and local leadership by connecting leaders via innovative programs and network opportunities, advancing policies through participation at the local and state level, and implementing solutions as a technical assistance provider and advisor to local jurisdictions. With roots in California and a national reputation, LGC offers inspiration, information, and partnership for local and regional champions dedicated to building thriving communities that integrate civic engagement with environmental, social and economic priorities.
Climate Resolve is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, founded in 2010, that is dedicated to creating real, practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while building a better city for Angelenos. Their mission is to make Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work, and in government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution, as well as prepare for climate change impacts.
Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada. In the Sierra Nevada, change and challenge create opportunities. Through innovation, integrity, and respect, Sierra Business Council harnesses these opportunities by implementing projects that model proactive change. Their goal is a diverse, inventive, and sustainable region where the economy is vibrant, the land is thriving, and the communities offer opportunity for all. They act as steward leaders of the region, taking responsibility for the care and responsible management of our place, guided by the triple bottom line that considers the economy, environment, and community simultaneously.
“One of the things that we’ve done that has been most successful is tying all of our program implementation, really, to trying to build local employment, local jobs, measuring the job creation from it.”
“I am noticing a dramatic culture shift, not just from that kind of relatively negative driver but also the positive driver of younger people coming up in the system, becoming decision makers and community leaders, even in rural communities, who want to make a change. It’s very, very encouraging.”
“Climate, by its nature, is an abstraction. It is an average of twenty or thirty years of weather. By its nature, weather is very direct, it’s experienced, it’s understood. But climate is something a little bit more vague. There is a former president of the American Meteorological Society had the following metaphor to distinguish between weather and climate. He said that weather is your mood—you’re sometimes up, you’re sometimes down, you’re sometimes a little misty—but climate is your personality; it’s kind of the way that you are all the time.”
Infinite Earth Radio Episode 36: Making the Global Local – Climate Adaptation Series We kick off our Climate Adaptation Series by discussing how although climate change is global in nature, its impacts are felt locally.
Infinite Earth Radio Episode 38: Economics of Climate Change-Climate Adaptation Series, Part 3 In Part 3 of our Climate Adaptation Series, we discuss how to fund and finance climate adaptation equitably, when disadvantaged communities are at the greatest risk.
Infinite Earth Radio Episode 39: Cap and Trade, Where Do We Go From Here? – Climate Adaptation Series, Part 4 In the final episode of our Climate Adaptation Series, we discuss cap and trade in California, environmental justice concerns, and the best path forward.
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