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Years of Living Dangerously



Putting a Price on Carbon

In This Episode:

[01:37] Co-host Michael Green is introduced.

[02:23] Mike and Michael talk about the series, “Years of Living Dangerously.”

[04:50] Mike and Michael mention the Put a Price on It campaign.

[06:44] Guest Camila Thorndike is introduced.

[07:22] Camila shares the origin and goal of the Put a Price on It campaign.

[08:39] Camila describes how the partnership with the “Years of Living Dangerously” team came about.

[12:12] Camila reflects on carbon-pricing stories that she’s heard.

[17:53] Camila expresses if celebrity involvement is an advantage in terms of communicating the climate-crisis message.

[21:42] Camila shares her response to the question, “What can I do?”

[26:30] Camila tells where people can go to connect with Our Climate and the Put a Price on It campaign.

[28:33] Camila provides how she stays positive while dealing with climate-change issues.

[32:06] Michael identifies what caught his eye this week in the news.

[33:40] Mike talks about what caught his eye this week in the news.


Camila Thorndike has been an environmental advocate and social entrepreneur for 10 years. At Whitman College, she led the largest campus club and founded a tri-college leadership network. After graduating with honors in 2010, Camila directed outreach for a regional urban planning project in Arizona; advanced green jobs for the mayor of D.C.; worked at the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution; and co-founded COAL, a nationwide musical theater project about fossil fuels. She is a Udall Scholar, Fellow of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Sitka Fellow, Mic50 Awardee, and member of the 2016 class of the Young Climate Leaders Network.


Our Climate mobilizes and empowers the generations most affected by climate change to pass inclusive, science-based climate policy through creative civic engagement.

Take Away Quotes:

“It takes a lot of education and encouragement to make sure that young people, especially, feel confident advocating for the policy, but once they’re hooked, it’s amazing what they’ve been pulling off.”

“We’re finally getting more creative in how we bring people in, and there’s nothing more powerful than story. It’s not unique to the efforts around carbon pricing, but I think the climate and sustainability movements as a whole have really gotten the memo that you can’t just broadcast facts and figures and graphs and charts—it won’t resonate emotionally—and that when you don’t have that emotional link, then you can’t expect folks to prioritize this above their grocery list or paying the bills or whatever it might be.”

“Something that young people everywhere need to realize is that you don’t wait until some magical moment—that you have this right title or the right position—to speak out on something that you care about. It is actually your youth and your perspective of being in the most imperiled generation and facing down the barrel of this gun that is the core message that will resonate and move the rest of society, and, in fact, if you don’t speak out, you’re missing this incredible opportunity which is going to fade with time.”

“…more and more people are waking up and taking action, and I think that comes from refusing to take no as an answer and doing the hard work of honing your skills and your knowledge base and, again, making use of this precious time that we have when we’re alive on this earth to advance something that we believe in, whether or not we win. The victory is not guaranteed, but the effort is in your hands.”


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